Tragedy struck earlier this afternoon after a commercial truck collided with a Greyhound bus traveling through New Mexico. Multiple casualties and serious injuries are being reported after the commercial bus crashed while traveling on Interstate 40. The bus was on its way to Phoenix and its final stop was scheduled to be in Downtown Los Angeles. It originated in St. Louis and was bus #133.
Shortly after the accident, it was revealed that 49 passengers were onboard the Greyhound bus. Gallup Medical Center confirmed that it was treating 37 patients, with at least four in critical condition. Some news sources are reporting that at least 4 people have been killed. The McKinley County Emergency Operations Center expects this number to grow.
Early Reports Indicate a Head-On Collision
Investigators believe that the commercial truck swerved into oncoming traffic and hit the bus head-on. Early footage of the crash site shows the Greyhound bus with severe damage to its front-end and an overturned semi-truck close by—debris from the accident was scattered across the road. The accident caused significant delays for westbound traffic as travelers were diverted.
In an early statement, Greyhound spokeswoman Crystal Booker said, “We are fully cooperating with local authorities and will also complete an investigation of our own.”
The NTSB is sending a team to investigate the crash. The Federal agency investigates all serious accidents that occur on the nation’s highways. A number has been set up for family members who think they may have loved ones involved in the accident: 505-722-2002.
The New Mexico commercial truck accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin hope for a fast recovery for the injured. We encourage a thorough investigation of this incident so families are given the answers they need and any future accidents will be prevented.