The Latest: Authorities ID 3 passengers killed in bus crash

A bus remains on the scene of a multi-vehicle deadly crash Sunday, July 15, 2018, on Interstate 25 just north of Bernalillo, N.M. (Rio Rancho Fire Rescue via AP)
Emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly multi-vehicle crash involving a bus that occurred on Interstate 25 just north of Bernalillo, N.M., on Sunday, July 15, 2018. (Greg Sorber/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)
Emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly multi-vehicle crash involving a bus that occurred on Interstate 25 north of Bernalillo, N.M., on Sunday, July 15, 2018. (Greg Sorber/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)
An officer works at the scene of a deadly multi-vehicle crash involving a bus that occurred on Interstate 25, north of Bernalillo, N.M., on Sunday, July 15, 2018. (Greg Sorber/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

ALBUQUERUQE, N.M. — The Latest on deadly New Mexico bus crash (all times local):

5:10 p.m.

Authorities say the three people killed in a bus crash on a New Mexico highway over the weekend were all women from Mexico who were living in Colorado.

State medical investigators confirmed the identities of the three bus passengers, and their names were released Wednesday by the Sandoval County Sheriff's Office.

They were identified as 65-year-old Maria Delosangeles of Denver, 58-year-old Olga Hernandes de Grajeda of Rocky Ford and 70-year-old Maria Doleres Orrantia Camacho of Loveland.

The crash happened early Sunday after the bus driver lost control while trying to avoid a car that had slammed into the back of a pickup truck on Interstate 25. The bus — headed from Denver to El Paso, Texas — was then sideswiped by a semi-truck.

Sheriff's Lt. Keith Elder said Wednesday initial reports that the driver of the car was among the dead were incorrect.

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11:30 a.m.

Some callers were breathless and others were crying as they flooded emergency phone lines to report the aftermath of a deadly bus crash on a dark New Mexico highway.

One caller said there were children bleeding and people were unconscious. Authorities say three people were killed and 24 were injured.

The crash happened early Sunday after the bus driver lost control while trying to avoid a car that had slammed into the back of a pickup truck on Interstate 25.

The bus — headed from Denver to El Paso, Texas — was then sideswiped by a semi-truck.

Authorities on Tuesday released 911 recordings and dispatch communications.

One of the first calls came from the pickup driver who was rear-ended. He urged officers to get there quickly as he yelled at passing traffic to slow down.

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