US agency examines front tires of semi-trailer that hit bus

Published 09-02-2018

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A federal investigator says he is sending the front tires of a semi-trailer that veered across a median and smashed into a Greyhound bus - killing eight people and wounding 15 others - to Washington, D.C., for further examination.

Authorities say the crash Thursday along Interstate 40 near the town of Thoreau, New Mexico, happened after the semi-trailer going in the opposite direction lost the tread on its left front tire and veered across a median and smashed into the bus.

Peter Kotowski of the National Transportation Safety Board said at a news conference Saturday that the agency has also asked for the medical records and toxicology reports about the driver of the semi-trailer owned by Jag Transportation of Fresno, California, and the bus. Kotowski says that is part of the agency's standard procedure after such an accident.

He says the agency has talked to survivors of the crash and is seeking an interview with the driver of the semi-trailer.

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