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Report: Crash involving bus kills 3, injures 22 near Bernalillo

July 15, 2018

An early morning crash involving a passenger bus Sunday on Interstate 25 near Bernalillo killed three people and injured 22, and has closed the highway in both directions for hours, Albuquerque TV station KOB-TV is reporting.

University of New Mexico Hospital and Sandoval Regional Medical Center said they received 20 patients from the crash, and are treating injuries that range from broken bones and lacerations to head and internal injuries, according to a news release issued late Sunday morning.

Twelve patients were transported to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque, and three are in critical condition, according to the release. Eight were moved to Sandoval Regional Medical Center in Rio Rancho. Of those, six were treated and released.

Rio Rancho Fire and Rescue posted about the accident on its Facebook page shortly after 4 a.m., uploading photos that show a bus on its side. Multiple fire crews responded to the accident, their post said, and first responders had to use the Jaws of Life to get some passengers out of the bus.

As of late morning, all lanes if I-25 were still closed near Algodones due to the crash, according to the NMRoads.com website.

Earlier in the morning, both lanes of I-25 were closed near the exits to Lead and Coal avenues in Albuquerque, due to a fatal officer-involved shooting involving a New Mexico State Police officer.

At a news conference Sunday morning, deputy chief Robert Eshom said a police officer was doing a traffic stop around 2 a.m., when the pair were involved in an altercation. The passenger fired at the officer, Eshom said, and the state police officer fired back, killing the suspect.

The officer is in stable condition and had been released from the hospital by 8 a.m. Sunday morning, Eshom said.

“The interstate will be closed for several hours because of the investigation,” Eshom said. “The public needs to be aware of that and seek alternative routes.”

This story will be updated when additional information becomes available.

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