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NTSB releases preliminary report on deadly bus, semi crash

Picture of the bus from the front. Picture of the bus from the front. |  Photo: NTSB

Marian Camacho
October 18, 2018 09:17 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board have released a preliminary report from their investigation into the deadly bus and semi crash in late August.

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According to investigators, the front left tire of the semi experienced a "sudden air loss," causing it to cross over the median and into oncoming traffic along I-40 near Thoreau.

The semi crashed into the Greyhound bus that was occupied by the driver and 48 passengers.

Nine people on the bus were killed as a result of the crash, including the bus driver. Investigators say it's not yet clear whether the passengers were using the lap/shoulder belts that were provided.

During postcrash inspections, no mechanical defects were found, however, investigators will continue to evaluate maintenance records for the semi.

NTSB investigators are also looking into the drivers of both vehicles involved and said that tests for drugs and alcohol came back negative.

All aspects of the crash remain under investigation as investigators work to determine the probable cause. The goal is to issue safety recommendations to prevent similar crashes from happening in the future.

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