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Seven dead as US bus collides with large truck

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At least seven people were killed when a large tractor -trailer blew a tire , jumped a highway median into oncoming highway traffic and slammed into a Greyhound passenger bus , New Mexico State Police said .
Images of Thursday ’ s scene on US media show vast area of debris and a bus missing its front section up to the front tires .

The truck “ suffered a tire blowout , causing the semi to cross the median into opposing West – bound traffic ” and collide with the bus carrying 48 passengers , New Mexico police said in a statement .
The truck driver however survived the crash with “ non – life – threatening injuries . ”

The accident , near the New Mexico town of Thoreau , took place around noon ( 1800 GMT ) and closed a portion of Interstate 40 , a major East – West highway , local officials said .

The bus was heading from Albuquerque , New Mexico to Phoenix, Arizona , local media reported .

( AFP )

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