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Semi-trailer in fatal New Mexico crash had lost tire tread, the authorities say

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The authorities in New Mexico report multiple fatalities and serious injuries in an accident on Interstate 40 that a Greyhound bus and a semi-truck.

Thursday’s deadly crash on Interstate 40 in New Mexico happened after a sem-trailer that slammed into a Greyhound bus, resulting in eight deaths — lost the profile on one of the front tires, authorities said Saturday.

An official with the National Transportation Safety Board, said earlier Saturday that his agency was the intensification of the research of the semi-trailer front wheels.

The tires will be sent to the NTSB offices in Washington for further examination, said Peter Kotowski, a senior researcher.

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The NTSB has also asked for the medical records and toxicology reports on the driver of the semi-trailer owned by Jag Transportation of Fresno, California, and the bus, Kotowski said.

The electronic data recorders for semi-trailer and bus are restored, he added.

The agency spoke with survivors of the crash, and is looking for an interview with the driver of the semi-trailer, Kotowski said.

This Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 photo of the New Mexico State Police shows the scene of a collision Thursday between a Greyhound passenger bus and a semi-trailer on Interstate 40 near the town of Thoreau, N. M., near the Arizona border.

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Meanwhile, authorities said they have identified five of the eight victims of the crash near Thoreau, N. M.: Sadie Thomas, 50; Charla Bahe, 34; Terry Mason, 45; Veronica Williams, 49; and Greyhound bus driver Luis Alvarez, 50, the Albuquerque Journal reported, citing the state Office of the Medical Investigator.

The bureau has not the victims’ residences.

“My heart goes out to the families of the victims. We are always diligent to try and identify offspring quickly, so that we can return them to their families,” Dr. Kurt Nolte, chief medical researcher, told the Albuquerque Journal. “We know that there are families who are still waiting for word of their loved ones, and we make use of various identification methods to these identifications.”

Chief Pete Kassetas of the New Mexico state police told the Arizona Republic, that was the worst fatal collision in his experience.

“It will be weeks or months until we get down to the exact cause of this crash,” Kassetas said.

Jag Transport could not be reached for comment Satruday, according to the Magazine.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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