NMSP: Portales bus crash leaves at least 7 injured

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PORTALES, N.M. — A school bus carrying around 17 students crashed with a tractor-trailer early Wednesday morning near Portales.

The crash reportedly happened around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at State Road 236 and Roosevelt Road T, around three miles west of Portales.

New Mexico State Police found the bus was traveling south on Roosevelt when the driver failed to yield for the intersection. At the same time, a tractor-trailer carrying a full load of corn was traveling west on State Road 236 and hit the bus.

Six students were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at an area hospital. One student suffered severe injuries and was airlifted to a hospital in Lubbock, Texas.

All other students were picked up by their guardians, according to the superintendent.

This is at least the third school bus crash we’ve seen in southern New Mexico in just a few months.

A bus packed with Roswell students crashed in Otero County back in October.

The next day, a Lovington school bus crashed near Artesia with 40 students on board. 

The crash is still under investigation by New Mexico State Police.