Seven dead in New Mexico bus-truck crash, state police say

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Authorities say there are now seven confirmed fatalities from a truck-bus crash on a New Mexico interstate.

Preliminary information indicates a semi-truck traveling the opposite way had a blow-out and crashed head-on into the bus on Thursday afternoon.

Greyhound says 49 passengers were aboard the bus, which was heading from Albuquerque to Phoenix.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were dispatched to the scene, along with the New Mexico State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit.

State police say the driver of the truck suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Aerial footage by CNN affiliate KRQE showed the bus damaged on the front edge, but upright, in the grass median. Nearby was an overturned vehicle and what appeared to be a truck trailer on its side, with contents spilled on the median.

Video from the scene shows the greyhound bus with extensive damage to the front end, as well as an overturned semi-truck and what appears to be boxes of produces scattered across the roadway. Several people could be seen lying on the ground next to the bus.

The bus was due in Los Angeles Friday morning.

A National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to investigate the deadly accident; they are slated to arrive Friday morning in New Mexico.

If you suspect someone you know to have been on that bus, the McKinley County Emergency Management has established a phone number for loved ones and family members looking for additional information: 505-722-2002.

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