Westbound traffic resumed on Interstate 40 in McKinley county (New Mexico) around 20:00 (local time), Thursday, August 30, following a fatal vehicle crash earlier in the day. The accident occurred around 12:30 near the town of Thoreau, 172 km (107 mi) west of Albuquerque, when a semi-trailer truck crossed the median and collided with a passenger bus. Police say a blown out tire caused the driver to lose control of the truck, causing the crash that left seven people dead and more than 40 others injured. Westbound traffic delays are expected to continue into Friday, August 31, until all lanes are able to reopen.
Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor developments to the situation, prepare for traffic disruptions on Interstate 40, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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