Three Dead, Dozens Hurt in New Mexico Tour Bus Crash


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A tour bus collided with a semi-truck early Sunday morning on Interstate 25 in New Mexico, north of Albuquerque. Early reports say three people are dead and about two dozen are injured.

The crash also involved other vehicles on the road at the time, leaving at least one in flames.

Local first responders had to use the jaws of life to extract the injured from the bus, which turned on its side.

It is believed about 35 people were on the bus at the time, and the number of people in the other vehicles is not yet known.

Fox News reports.

Three people were killed and 22 others injured in a multi-vehicle crash involving a tour bus on Interstate 25 in New Mexico on Sunday, a local fire chief confirmed.

The Rio Rancho Fire Department said the crash, which involved a charter bus, a semi-truck and other vehicles, occurred around 2:25 a.m. on Sunday, just north of Bernalillo, about 18 miles north of Albuquerque.

The bus overturned on the northbound lane, trapping injured passengers inside.

Sandoval Country Fire Chief James Maxon confirmed the deaths to the Albuquerque Journal.

The Rio Rancho Fire and Rescue said on its Facebook page it had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate injured passengers from the bus.

A picture taken by a passerby shows the fiery aftermath.

It is believed that 38 were involved in the crash, with 35 of those on the tour bus.

The Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on Sunday.

The exact number of injuries is not yet known. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

It was not immediately known whether the three who died were bus passengers.

It’s also unclear if the bus involved was a tour bus and where it was coming from or headed.

Rio Rancho Fire and Rescue posted images from the wreck on Twitter.

The response from local first responders was massive.

The Red Cross was dispatched to deal with the many passengers who are now affected and those only slightly injured.

This is a developing story.

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