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I-25 reopened after bus crash that killed 3, injured dozens more

Joshua Panas and David Lynch
July 16, 2018 11:12 AM

BERNALILLO, N.M. - Three people died in a multi-vehicle crash on I-25 north of Bernalillo early Sunday morning.

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The crash, involving a bus, semi-truck, a pickup truck and a passenger vehicle, was reported around 2:30 Sunday morning. 

"It just happened, the car accident happened, and my heart just sinked," said Sophia Reyna, whose mother and teenage brother were on the bus. "It just dropped, because I was expecting them home the next day."

Her family was OK, but in addition to the three people who were killed, multiple others were injured.

Representatives with UNM Hospitals says they received a total of 16 patients from the tragic crash. Four have since been discharged and four others are in critical condition with 8 more hospitalized with various injuries.

Officials with the El Paso - Los Angeles Limousine Express say there were 32 total passengers on the bus, along with two drivers.

Skid marks could still be seen Sunday afternoon where the semi involved swerved off the interstate before crashing into a fence and landed on the side of the frontage road. Sandoval County Fire Chief James Maxon called the it "one of the worst accidents I've seen in my career."

"Our main concern has been the safety of the passengers and drivers," said Jerry Rosenbaum, president of the company. "The 'what happened' and 'how it happened' answer will have to come from the investigators."

Medical helicopters transported several patients to the hospital and Rio Rancho Fire and Rescue says it had to use the jaws of life to extricate injured passengers from the bus. 

Rosenbaum, who said the bus was traveling from Denver to El Paso, said that of the several passengers who weren't in need of medical attention, some are already being bussed to El Paso. Others have been picked up by family members, he said. 

The cause of the crash is unknown. The interstate opened back up just after 1 p.m. Sunday. 

Stay with KOB.com and KOB Eyewitness News 4 for updates. 

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Joshua Panas and David Lynch

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