THOREAU, N.M – New Mexico State Police said seven people died in a bus crash about 100 miles west of Albuquerque Thursday afternoon.
NBC News reported that 37 people were hospitalized from the crash, which happened around 12 p.m. near Thoreau, N.M.
New Mexico State Police tweeted Thursday night that a preliminary investigation showed a semi truck blew a tire, causing it to cross into oncoming traffic and hit the bus.
State Police are encouraging family members to call 505-722-4266 for information about loved ones and reunification.
Greyhound says 49 passengers were aboard the bus, which was heading from Albuquerque to Phoenix. That’s up from the preliminary estimate of 47 passengers.
State Patrol also said one lane of westbound I-40 is back open and both lanes of EB I-40 are back open, a little less than 10 hours after the crash.