TRUCK DRIVER OF SEMI IN DEADLY NEW MEXICO BUS CRASH SPEAKS OUT
Albuquerque, New Mexico – Eight people tragically lost their lives last week and scores of others injured when a semi and a passenger Greyhound bus collided along Interstate 40 in New Mexico near the Arizona border. Authorities believe the accident began when a front tire on the semi blew causing the driver, 35-year-old Elisara Taito, to lose control of the rig and eventually collide with the bus. The National Transportation Safety Board and state police have launched a full-scale investigation into the exact causes of the accident and if it could have been prevented with better tire maintenance checks on the part of the driver and the Fresno, California-based carrier, Jag Transportation. The NTSB has also asked for Taito’s medical records and toxicology reports.
The fallout from the accident has been fast and furious as numerous lawsuits alleging ‘negligence’ have been filed against both Jag Transportation and Taito. Taito told his story to CBS Evening News. He says, “As soon as it happened I just knew I was going to die.” Taito insists he was not impaired with drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash and that he’s ‘sorry’ to the families who lost loved ones. “I don’t know if I could do anything to change it,” he added.