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September 4, 2018
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This Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 photo from the New Mexico State Police shows the scene of a collision Thursday between a Greyhound passenger bus and a semitrailer on Interstate 40 near the town of Thoreau, N.M., near the Arizona border. A California-based trucking company and one of its drivers were accused of negligence Friday in a pair of lawsuits as investigators sorted through the wreckage from the deadly bus crash on a New Mexico highway. (New Mexico State Police via AP)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly bus crash in New Mexico (all times local):

4 p.m.

Authorities have identified two more of the people who were killed when a semi-trailer veered across a median and smashed into a Greyhound bus in New Mexico.

The state Office of the Medical Investigator on Tuesday released the names of 66-year-old Emmett Stoker and 27-year-old Ray Albrecht. The office did not release information about their hometowns.

The names of five others were released over the weekend.

The office said the eighth victim was likely homeless, which has made locating family members difficult. They declined to release the person’s name as they continue to search for his family.

Chief Medical Investigator Kurt Nolte acknowledged that the days following the Aug. 30 crash have been difficult for the families and that identifying their relatives is only the beginning of the closure process for them.

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2 p.m.

Several people, including two newborns, remain hospitalized following a deadly bus crash in New Mexico.

The newborns were listed in critical condition Tuesday at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. Family members said the children were doing well despite what they had been through.

The mother, Christy Westerdale, was seven months pregnant and headed to California with the children’s father and her 4-year-old daughter when the crash happened along Interstate 40.

Westerdale had to deliver the twins prematurely after being rushed to a nearby hospital.

Family members have set up an online fundraising page.

The couple initially decided to take the bus after their vehicle broke down in Oklahoma. They’re now living in a motel and expect to remain there for several more weeks as the twins recover.

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