Riding a Greyhound bus is an economical way to get to one's destination and get the opportunity to see other parts of the country as well. Sadly, in some cases, this kind of mass transit can be deadly.
Such was the case this week in New Mexico. At least eight Greyhound passengers died when a commercial semitruck blew a tire, and the truck driver lost control.
According to the New Mexico State Police (NMSP), the wreck happened at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30. The semitruck was eastbound in McKinley County on I-40 when the tire blew out. The truck driver was unable to maintain control, and the big rig crossed the median, where it slammed head-on into the westbound Greyhound.
The bus was en route from St. Louis to Los Angeles and had just left Albuquerque before the accident occurred. There were reportedly 49 riders on the bus at the time of the collision.
Other motorists assisted dozens of passengers who struggled to climb from the wreckage. Passers-by with ladders helped some escape out of the demolished bus.
Initially, authorities reported that seven people had died, but later the death toll was revised to eight. Medical centers in both Arizona and New Mexico received the victims, some of whom suffered serious and critical injuries in the collision. At least four minor children were among the injured, as well as members of families.
The trucker who hit the bus was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
While it initially appears clear how this horrific, deadly accident occurred, often the circumstances of fatal accidents are far more murky. Some victims find that seeking the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney can pave the way to a successful claim for damages.