On Thursday, a traffic accident involving a commercial passenger bus and a truck on Interstate 40 in New Mexico, near the Arizona border, killed several people and severely injured others. (30th of August)
A horrific collision between a Greyhound bus and a truck A highway in New Mexico killed at least seven passengers and sent scores of others to surrounding hospitals, the authorities reported Thursday.
Preliminary information showed that the Semi went east when it blew a tire and sent the rig over the median and in the opposite direction sending traffic where it hit the bus, New Mexico State Police said.
Television coverage of the crash site off Interstate 40 near the Arizona border showed that the front of the bus collapsed after impact. The truck was on the side of debris spread over the highway and a nearby median.
The driver of the semi-trailer suffered non-life-threatening injuries, said the state police.
Passing motorists described a chaotic scene with passengers on the ground and screaming people.
Eric Huff was traveling with his girlfriend to the Grand Canyon when they stumbled over the accident.
Huff said that the trailer of the Semis was upside down and "shredded to pieces" and the front of The Greyhound Bus was shattered, many seats compressed. Part of the side of the bus had been demolished, he said.
"It was a dreadful terrible scene," he said
The truck driver Santos Soto III shot a video that showed the front of the downed Greyhound half jumped up, with content scattered across the freeway.
He saw people sobbing on the side of the road, the bystanders trying to comfort
"I was very traumatized myself because I was about two years old and I have never seen anything like this, "said Soto.
"I am a pretty strong person and I collapsed and cried for at least 30 minutes," he added.
Greyhound said that the bus, which originated in St. Louis on Wednesday, had stopped in Albuquerque and was on its way to Phoenix with 47 passengers.
"We fully work with the local aut horrities and will also complete an investigation of our own," said Greyhound spokeswoman Crystal Booker in a statement.
The crash occurred near the town of Thoreau. It forced the closure of the westbound lanes of the Interstate and the traffic supported as the travelers were diverted.
"It was chaos," said Officer Ray Wilson, a New Mexico State Police spokesman, in a media briefing. "The officers did a great job in scouring the wreckage and debris to get survivors out of the bus …"
More than 33 patients were transported with injuries to nearby hospitals, some of which were considered critical (19659008) Christopher Jones said he had come to the crash site shortly after the crash.
"I saw the tractor trailer tilted upside down and the truck driver was sitting on his shoulder just sitting there, so I grabbed my medical kit, grabbed a bunch of gloves and got out and started helping people and it was a pretty rough spot, "said Jones ABC News.
Jones, who said that he was a volunteer firefighter and EMT, described the scene as "one of the hardest" he had ever seen.
Post: Associated Press
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