Survivor describes horror Greyhound-semi-truck crash

<pre><pre>Survivor describes horror Greyhound-semi-truck crash

A survivor of the deadly Greyhound bus accident that killed eight people and left more than 40 injured has spoken about the frightening moment when a van collided with his bus.

Rachel Cunningham had been asleep at the Greyhound, which was carrying 49 passengers, when the trailer blew a tire off Interstate 40 in New Mexico, and crashed into the bus.

& # 39; It was horrible. For example, I had never seen in my life that a bus look like a torn can of sardines, "Cunningham told CBS News, explaining that the crash had left a hole in the side of the bus.

"I literally took these people with paramedics in ambulances," Cunningham added.

Rachel Cunningham had been asleep at the Greyhound, which was carrying 49 passengers, when the trailer blew a tire off Interstate 40 in New Mexico, and crashed into the bus.

The truck and Greyhound truck accident near Thoreau, New Mexico has caused at least eight deaths

The truck and Greyhound truck accident near Thoreau, New Mexico has caused at least eight deaths

The truck and Greyhound truck accident near Thoreau, New Mexico has caused at least eight deaths

The vehicles collided after the truck blew a tire and crashed into the front of the bus.

The vehicles collided after the truck blew a tire and crashed into the front of the bus.

The vehicles collided after the truck blew a tire and crashed into the front of the bus.

The catastrophic collision left scattered debris across the interstate, tearing open the semitrailer and the truck's cabin face down

The catastrophic collision left scattered debris across the interstate, tearing open the semitrailer and the truck's cabin face down

The catastrophic collision left scattered debris across the interstate, tearing open the semitrailer and the truck's cabin face down

"My experience of what I have seen today, I mean, some things that I just thought I would end up watching on television."

The initial death toll was seven, but one of the 40 passengers injured in the crash died overnight at the University Hospital of New Mexico in Albuquerque on Thursday.

The National Transportation Safety Board sent a team on Friday to investigate the accident.

"Our sympathies are with families whose loved ones were involved in this accident," said the New Mexico Medical Investigator Office. "Our commitment to investigate deaths to serve the living will boost our efforts to bring closure and peace to these families, as well as to support public safety efforts."

The catastrophic collision left scattered debris along the interstate, tearing the semi-trailer and truck cabin face down.

& # 39; There was a person coming out the window. Oh God, "said one witness.

A passerby who stopped to help describe the chaos.

"There were not enough ambulances there to get everyone out … There are people who were stuck in the bus trying to get out, they scream from inside.

A passenger bus and a van collided on Thursday in McKinley County, killing at least seven people and seriously injuring many others, the New Mexico State Police Department said.

A passenger bus and a van collided on Thursday in McKinley County, killing at least seven people and seriously injuring many others, the New Mexico State Police Department said.

A passenger bus and a van collided on Thursday in McKinley County, killing at least seven people and seriously injuring many others, the New Mexico State Police Department said.

All but six of those on the bus were taken to nearby hospitals, police officer Ray Wilson told a news conference, adding that his injuries were minor and treated at the site.

The passengers were trapped aboard the bus, screaming as rescuers tried to get them out the windows, according to a witness who passed by the scene.

"It was horrible, there were people trying to climb through the windows of the bus … passers-by who were trying to help people climb their truck's ladders to get to the windows of the Greyhound bus to help," a witness told KRQE.

"When we went through the semi-dump, everything in the trailer was on the road, it was a disaster … you could say that the people were distressed, the shouting came from the bus."

Another motorist described the scene of the fatal bus accident as chaotic, with people shouting and passengers on the ground.

Chris Jones said in a telephone interview that he was heading west on Interstate 40, near the Arizona state border, when he saw the semi truck side by side.

Jones says he stopped to help and spoke with the driver who told him that one of his front tires had left, forcing the truck to divert into oncoming traffic, where he hit the bus.

The passengers were trapped aboard the bus, screaming as rescuers tried to get them out the windows, according to a witness who passed by the scene.

The passengers were trapped aboard the bus, screaming as rescuers tried to get them out the windows, according to a witness who passed by the scene.

The passengers were trapped aboard the bus, screaming as rescuers tried to get them out the windows, according to a witness who passed by the scene.

"The exact number of injuries is still being investigated," the NMSPD said at 5:30 p.m. MDT; At least 33 have been taken to hospitals

The remains of the cargo of the semi-trailer can be seen covering the area surrounding both vehicles, which were torn to rebuild

The remains of the cargo of the semi-trailer can be seen covering the area surrounding both vehicles, which were torn to rebuild

The remains of the cargo of the semi-trailer can be seen covering the area surrounding both vehicles, which were torn to rebuild

The bus suffered significant damage on the battle front, with photos of the scene showing the semi-trailer overturned on its side

The bus suffered significant damage on the battle front, with photos of the scene showing the semi-trailer overturned on its side

The bus suffered significant damage on the battle front, with photos of the scene showing the semi-trailer overturned on its side

The bus was heading from Albuquerque to Phoenix and there were 49 passengers on board, said Greyhound spokesperson Crystal Booker.

It is not clear at this time if that number includes the bus driver.

"The exact number of injuries is still being investigated," the NMSPD said at 5:30 p.m. MDT, and added, "This scene is still active."

Gallup Indian Health Services received 37 injured, said Jennifer Buschick, spokeswoman for Gallup Hospital.

Six people with injuries too severe to be treated there were stabilized and taken to the University Hospital of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Three of the six taken to UNMH were in critical condition, but the condition of the rest had not been released, said spokeswoman Cindy Foster.

The cab of the semi-trailer broke into pieces, next to the bus in which it crashed, after it crossed the median

The cab of the semi-trailer broke into pieces, next to the bus in which it crashed, after it crossed the median

The cab of the semi-trailer broke into pieces, next to the bus in which it crashed, after it crossed the median

& # 39; The preliminary crash information indicates a semi-trailer-trailer traveling on I-40 [eastbound] I had a tire burst and crossed in the opposite direction [westbound] traffic, colliding with a Greyhound bus, "said the NMSPD

& # 39; The preliminary crash information indicates a semi-trailer-trailer traveling on I-40 [eastbound] I had a tire burst and crossed in the opposite direction [westbound] traffic, colliding with a Greyhound bus, "said the NMSPD

& # 39; The preliminary crash information indicates a semi-trailer-trailer traveling on I-40 [eastbound] I had a tire burst and crossed in the opposite direction [westbound] traffic, colliding with a Greyhound bus, "said the NMSPD

The New Mexico State Police Department confirmed that there were multiple deaths

The New Mexico State Police Department confirmed that there were multiple deaths

The New Mexico State Police Department confirmed that there were multiple deaths

Pictures of the scene show the semi-trailer overturned sideways, with debris from its cargo covering the area surrounding both vehicles

Pictures of the scene show the semi-trailer overturned sideways, with debris from its cargo covering the area surrounding both vehicles

Pictures of the scene show the semi-trailer overturned sideways, with debris from its cargo covering the area surrounding both vehicles

The accident closed the lanes to the west of Interstate 40 near Thoreau near the 50 mile marker

The accident closed the lanes to the west of Interstate 40 near Thoreau near the 50 mile marker

The accident closed the lanes to the west of Interstate 40 near Thoreau near the 50 mile marker

Another vehicle that was involved in the crash is shown here, crashing from front to back

Another vehicle that was involved in the crash is shown here, crashing from front to back

Another vehicle that was involved in the crash is shown here, crashing from front to back

The bus suffered significant damage to the front, with photos of the scene showing the semi-dump truck side and debris from its cargo covering the area surrounding both vehicles.

The accident closed the lanes to the west of Interstate 40, near Thoreau, near mile marker 50, police said.

The road has reopened since then, with both lanes to the east cleared and at least one open to the west.

"We are fully cooperating with local authorities and we will also complete our own investigation," said Greyhound spokesperson Crystal Booker.

The accident was reported around the 1.00 p.m. MDT, according to KOB4.

"We are fully cooperating with the local authorities and we will also complete our own investigation," said Booker.

The National Transportation Safety Board arrived on the scene after the emergency services, and will conduct an investigation along with the New Mexico State Police's Shock Reconstruction Unit, police said.

The officers of the Office of Commercial Vehicle Control of the State Police are conducting an investigation and inspection of the truck.

Family members of passengers seeking information about family members can call 505-722-4246.

The media has been asked not to call this number so families can get the information they need.

The bus was going from Albuquerque to Phoenix and there were 49 passengers on board

The bus was going from Albuquerque to Phoenix and there were 49 passengers on board

The bus was going from Albuquerque to Phoenix and there were 49 passengers on board

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