At least 8 dead as semi hits Greyhound bus head-on in New Mexico

Posted at 8:09 AM, Aug 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-31 13:00:42-04

NEW MEXICO – State troopers in New Mexico believe a tire blowout on a semi caused the truck to veer into oncoming lanes of traffic on Interstate 40 before hitting a Greyhound bus head-on.

So far, eight people have died in this horrible tragedy with dozens of others severely injured, some of those so severe the death toll could continue to rise.

The bus was heading from Albuquerque to Phoenix when the crash happened near Thoreau, New Mexico, not far from the Arizona border.

A man who rushed in to rescue people before emergency personnel arrived described the scene. “There’s a lot of screaming a lot of trauma a lot of people in need of help and everyone was wanting help now. There was a woman  pregnant with twins and her husband was just screaming for anybody to help,” explained Chris Jones.

The truck driver survived the crash, but the fate of the bus driver is still unknown.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board who arrived on scene late Friday are already cataloguing all of the evidence in the crash.