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, Fox News reports.
The bus overturned on the northbound lane, trapping the injured passengers inside.
Rio Rancho Fire Rescue via Facebook
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.
“Multiple RRFR crews responded to a roll over bus crash on I25, just north of Bernalillo. Several trapped patients had to be extricated from the bus using the Jaws of Life. Numerous fire and EMS agencies from the metro area were on scene to assist with multiple injured passengers.”
KRQE reported that 38 people were involved in the crash – 35 were aboard the bus.
The exact number of injuries has not been officially confirmed. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
The crash involved a charter bus, a semi-truck and other vehicles. (Rio Rancho Fire Rescue via Twitter)
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.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved.