This photo from video provided by KQRENews13 shows first responders working the scene of a deadly collision between a Greyhound passenger bus and a semi-truck on Interstate 40 near the town of Thoreau, N.M., near the Arizona border, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. Multiple people were killed and others were seriously injured. Picture: KQRENews13 via AP.

Los Angeles - At least seven people were killed when a large tractor-trailer blew a tyre, jumped a highway median into oncoming highway traffic and slammed into a Greyhound passenger bus, New Mexico State Police said.

Images of Thursday's scene on US media show vast area of debris and a bus missing its front section up to the front tyres.

The truck "suffered a tyre blowout, causing the semi to cross the median into opposing West-bound traffic" and collide with the bus carrying 48 passengers, New Mexico police said in a statement.

The truck driver however survived the crash with "non-life-threatening injuries." 

The accident, near the New Mexico town of Thoreau, took place around noon (1800 GMT) and closed a portion of Interstate 40, a major East-West highway, local officials said.

The bus was heading from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Phoenix, Arizona, local media reported.

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