Bus driver identified as one of 8 killed in Greyhound bus, semi crash
August 31, 2018 05:32 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Office of the Medical Investigator says the death toll has now risen to 8 in the crash between a semi and a Greyhound bus on I-40 near Thoreau Thursday.
According to the OMI from the University of New Mexico Hospital, one more victim was transferred to them bringing the total dead to 8.
Forensic pathologists will now work to determine the exact cause of death and identify all of the victims over the next few days.
The bus driver, 49-year-old Luis Alvarez, is among the dead, according to New Mexico State Police. NBC affiliate KTSM reports Alvarez was from Santa Teresa.
"Our sympathies are with the families whose loved ones were involved in this crash," OMI officials released in a statement. "Our commitment to investigate deaths to serve the living will drive our efforts to bring some closure and peace to these families, as well as to support public safety efforts."
In a press conference Friday afternoon, UNM Hospital officials gave an update on the conditions of the patients that are now in the care of the hospital.
In total, 10 patients were taken to UNM Hospital including three children.
State Police say preliminary investigative work shows that a tire blew out on the semi, sending it over the median and into the Greyhound bus that was traveling west on I-40 with 48 passengers on board.
- 33 Injured
- 15 Uninjured
"The left front tire experienced what we would call tire failure. So tread separation - the tread separated from what’s called the case. Why that happened, we don’t know. The investigation might be able to determine that but we believe it was a tire failure," said NMSP Chief Pete Kassetas.
The crash remains an active investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board said it could take two years to complete its investigation. The NTSB anticipates spending 7-10 days in New Mexico collecting evidence.
Updated: August 31, 2018 05:32 PM
Created: August 31, 2018 10:19 AM
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