Multiple dead after Greyhound bus slams into semi-truck

KRQEA bus and semi-truck crashed into each other on Interstate 40 in Thoreau N.M. Aug. 30 2018

KRQEA bus and semi-truck crashed into each other on Interstate 40 in Thoreau N.M. Aug. 30 2018

At least four people have died and several are seriously injured after a Greyhound bus carrying nearly 50 people and a semi-truck crashed head-on.

At least seven people have been killed and many more injured after a Greyhound bus was involved in a horrific head-on crash, which saw two vehicles ripped in half.

"Many passengers with serious injuries were transported to a nearby hospital", the state police said on Twitter.

"I'm a pretty strong person and I broke down and cried for at least 30 minutes".

Officials said the truck driver from Thursday's collision is expected to recover.

An investigative team from the National Transportation Safety Board was reportedly en route to the scene. It happened along Interstate 40 in New Mexico, near the Arizona border. State police say 49 people were on board the bus at the time.

Several described seeing passengers on the ground, screaming and crying.

Eric Huff was driving to the Grand Canyon with his girlfriend, when he came upon the crash.

Another witness, Marc Gonzales, said the scene was a "complete catastrophe", with skid marks on the side of the road.

"It was an awe-inspiring bad scene", he said.

The crash unfolded around 1 p.m. Thursday as the bus was making its way to Phoenix from Albuquerque. They also have not said how many people were killed or how many were injured.

"It was nonstop", said Chris Jones, who stopped to help with the rescue.

Wilson said the preliminary investigation found that the truck was heading east when a tire blew out, causing it to cross the median and head into oncoming traffic.

A number, 505-722-2002, has been established for family members of passengers, said state police.

Crews have shut down westbound I-40 near Thoreau.

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