1 of 2 babies delivered prematurely after Greyhound bus crash in New Mexico has died

This Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 photo shows a firefighter at the scene of the collision of a semitrailer that crossed the median of Interstate 40 and crashed head-on into a Greyhound bus near Thoreau, N.M. A California-based trucking company and one of its drivers were accused of negligence Friday in a pair of lawsuits as investigators sorted through the wreckage from a deadly bus crash on a New Mexico highway.

One of two babies delivered prematurely after a deadly collision between a semitruck and Phoenix-bound commercial bus in New Mexico last month has died.

University of New Mexico Hospital spokesman Luke Frank confirmed Monday the death of a pediatric patient but would not give any more details.

An update posted Sunday night on a GoFundMe page for the family of Christy Westerdale, who gave birth to a boy and a girl because of injuries suffered in the crash, announced the girl’s death.

The family says Jordyn Rose died Thursday.

The boy remains hospitalized.

Westerdale, who was 7 months pregnant, and her boyfriend were on the bus Aug. 30, heading to California. Her 4-year-old daughter was also on board.

The newborn’s death brings the number of victims killed in the crash to nine.

The Greyhound bus carrying nearly 50 people was headed west along Interstate 40 in Thoreau, New Mexico, Aug. 30 when a semitrailer going in the opposite direction lost the tread on its left front tire and veered across a median and smashed into the bus, police said.

The front of the bus was mangled, the cab of the semi was flipped and the trailer was on its side as debris was scattered across the highway.

An investigation is still underway, and at least two lawsuits have been filed against the trucking company, JAG Transportation Inc., and its 35-year-old driver.


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