Fri. May 24th, 2024


The New Mexico State Police are investigating a school bus crash Wednesday that left one seriously injured and several others hurt.

A collision between a loaded Portales school bus and an 18-wheeler northwest of Portales on Wednesday morning resulted in injuries to the bus driver and six students, officials said.

One student has been reported to being airlifted to a Lubbock hospital, Portales schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain said. He has no details at this time regarding the student transferred.

New Mexico State Police said 22 people were on the bus. Six were transported with non-life-threatening injuries, in addition to one “serious injury.”

Cain said most of the injuries were minor. “Some students and the driver were transported to the hospital for some stitches and observation. Most of the students on the bus were picked up by their parents.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation as of Wednesday afternoon. Superintendent Cain doesn’t know the cause for sure but has heard a few different theories as of Wednesday morning. Waiting on State Police to complete their investigation.”

The accident occurred before school began Wednesday on SR 236, what is known locally as Bethel Highway, at its intersection with South Roosevelt Road T.

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