The semi trick driver involved in a deadly crash in New Mexico that killed eight people aboard a packed Greyhound bus said he was almost certain he was going to die.
Elisara Taito, 35, was hauling produce from California to Tennessee when his 70,000 pound semi truck blew a tire, jumping over a median and crashing head first into a bus carrying 49 people from Albuquerque to Phoenix, Arizona.
It just locked up,' Taito said of his truck, speaking to CBS News from his hospital bed. 'I was trying everything that I could to avoid it.'
'As soon as it happened I almost just knew that I was going to die. I was surprised that I made it,' Taito added.
Now, Taito and the California-based trucking company he works for are being accused of negligence in a pair of lawsuits filed Friday.
Elisara Taito, 35, was hauling produce from California to Tennessee when his semi truck blew a tire, crashing into a Greyhound bus Thursday, pictured in his hospital bed
The Greyhound bus and semi-truck crash near Thoreau, New Mexico resulted in at least eight deaths
One passenger on board was a pregnant woman who gave birth to twins hours after the devastating accident, according to authorities.
The unnamed mother and her twins are reportedly in stable condition after she delivered them just just after the crash.
Seventeen people -including the newborn twins in the neonatal intensive care unit were still receiving medical attention across five hospitals as of Friday afternoon.
At least 43 people were taken to area hospitals after Thursday's crash at mile marker 50 on Interstate 40, in Thoreau, New Mexico.
State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau officers are conducting an investigation and inspection of the semi-truck.
The California-based trucking company JAG Transportation Inc and Taito were accused of negligence Friday in a pair of lawsuits as investigators sorted through the wreckage.
Investigators with National Transportation Safety Board have secured the vehicles for inspection and examined the crash scene Friday after a filing cited data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that shows the company reported three crashes in the last 24 months.
Attorney Bryan Williams said there are concerns about