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Federal officials return to site of deadly bus crash looking for answers

Megan Abundis
September 02, 2018 06:09 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After eight people passed away in a deadly highway collision between a semi and a Greyhound last Thursday, investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board returned to the crash site near Thoreau in western New Mexico, hoping for more insight on what led up to the wrong-way crash.

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A preliminary investigation by authorities showed that the semi blew a front tire before it crossed the median and crashed into the LA-bound bus.

On Sunday investigators were analyzing the road, its elevation, curvature, terrain and the median. They also recreated the incident, taking photos and measurements in hopes of filing a report with more details on what actually happened, along with recommendations to prevent similar accidents in the future.

A team of seven shut down a traffic lane in each direction on I-40 for about three hours. By taking photos, measurements and recording videos, they were hoping to fine-tune their data, specifically analyzing the environment and road conditions of the roadway.

"The information we obtained from the vehicles, we will work with them in combination of the in-depth data we have in here," said Pete Kotowski, NTSB investigator. "It will help us to recreate the dynamics of this crash, meaning how this crash actually occurred."

Now, more tests and analysis will lead to the preparation of a draft final report. The NTSB says it could take up to two years for that final report to be released.

"Oftentimes we do simulations or animations to try to verify what our findings have and see if they fit into the real-life scenarios," Kotowski said. "We will be out here probably the majority of next week; we still have an awful lot of work left to do with the vehicles."

On Saturday, the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque revealed the identities of five of the eight victims who have died in the accident. As of Sunday, nine remained hospitalized.

There were 47 passengers on the Greyhound.

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