PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — A school bus failed to yield at an intersection east of Portales and collided with a tractor-trailer, resulting in injuries to seven students and the drivers of both vehicles, according to authorities.
New Mexico State Police said one student suffered severe injuries in Wednesday morning’s crash and was airlifted to a Texas hospital for treatment.
Six other students — along with the 61-year-old man who was driving the school bus and the 28-year-old tractor-trailer driver — suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening, police said.
The names, ages and conditions of the injured students weren’t available Thursday.
Police said the bus was carrying about 17 students who ranged in age from 6 and 15. It’s still unclear what school or schools the students attended.
The crash occurred around 7:30 a.m. and a photo provided by police showed the bus with damage on its front end and left rear side.
The large commercial vehicle, carrying a full load of corn, can also be seen in the photo with debris scattered along the roadway.
Police said the crash remains under investigation and they are being assisted by a reconstruction team.