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‘Multiple victims’ in New Mexico passenger bus crash, police say

“Several” people were killed in a bus crash on Thursday on New Mexico’s Interstate 40, state police said.

(KRQE)

“Several” people were killed in a bus crash on Thursday on New Mexico’s Interstate 40, state police said.

It was not immediately clear how many people died in the crash, but the New Mexico State Police tweeted that there were “multiple victims.” She had earlier tweeted that there are “multiple serious injuries” people be removed from the scene.

Injured = death

— NMSP (@NMStatePolice) August 30, 2018

McKinley County bus crash update: There are multiple serious injuries and passengers. The officers and the EMS-active work and the assessment of this scene. A PIO is on the way and will update the media when information is available. All available information will be released via Twitter

— NMSP (@NMStatePolice) August 30, 2018

At least 47 passengers to ride on the Greyhound bus heading from Albuquerque, with at least one scheduled stop in Phoenix, the company told The Associated Press. The cause of the incident remained unclear, spokeswoman Crystal Booker said.

The passenger of the bus involved in the accident experienced front-end damage, while a semi-truck was discovered lying on its side. Video also showed debris scattered over the roadway and the emergency services on the scene.

A witness described the incident as “terrible,” tells KRQE that “screams were coming from the bus.”

“It was horrible that there are people who try to climb out of the windows of the bus… bystanders trying to help people getting ladders off their truck to get to windows of the Greyhound bus to help,” the witness told the outlet. “When we went through the fall semi, everything in the trailer was on the road. It was a disaster…you could say the people were in distress, screams were coming from the bus.”

#TrafficAlert McKinley County: I-40 west is closed at mile marker 50 in the vicinity of Thoreau by a crash in which a passenger of the bus. Traffic is being diverted to the frontage road in Thoreau. Expect delays. More info will follow as soon as available.

— NMSP (@NMStatePolice) August 30, 2018

Road closures in the vicinity of Thoreau occurred as a result of the crash, state police said, informing the audience to “expect delays.”

The McKinley County Emergency Management set up a phone line “for the families of passengers seeking information about their family,” police said. The number is (505) 722-2002.

McKinley County Emergency Management has established the following number for families of passengers seeking information about their relatives: 505-722-2002

— NMSP (@NMStatePolice) August 30, 2018

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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