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Median cross-over crash involving a combination vehicle and a motorcoach

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  • Accident No: HWY18MH016
  • Accident Type: Office of Highway Safety
  • Location: Thoreau, NM
  • Date: 8/30/2018

​NTSB is investigating the August 30, 2018 median cross-over crash involving a combination vehicle and a motorcoach near Gonzales, NM.

​About 1:00 p.m. (local time), on Thursday, August 30, 2018, a truck tractor in combination with a van semitrailer; and operated by JAG Transportation was traveling eastbound on Interstate 40 (I-40), near Gonzales, in McKinley County, New Mexico.  At the same time, a motor coach operated by Greyhound Lines, Inc. was traveling westbound on I-40.  At this location, I-40 is comprised of two travel lanes in each direction, that are divided by a 25-foot-wide earthen median with no median barrier, and has a posted speed limit of 75 miles per hour.  While in the vicinity of mile marker 47, the combination vehicle was occupying the right lane when it experienced an issue with the left wheel/tire on the steer axle.  The combination vehicle crossed the center median of the interstate and entered the westbound lanes of I-40 where it collided with the motor coach.  Following the impact, the combination vehicle rolled over, and the motor coach remained upright.  As a result of the crash, seven (7) of the motor coach occupants were fatally injured and the remaining occupants received various injuries and were transported to area hospitals for treatment.

This information is preliminary and subject to change.

Contact: NTSB Media Relations
Peter Knudson
(202) 314-6100

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