Wintry weather causes series of vehicle crashes on freeway
SANTA ROSA | Authorities said at least one person is dead and several others injured after a series of crashes involving about 40 vehicles on a snowand ice-covered interstate highway in northeastern New Mexico.
New Mexico State Police officials said there were multiple crashes around 11 a.m. Saturday on westbound Interstate 40 between Santa Rosa and Tucumcari in a concentrated area but not one large pile-up.
A section of the freeway was closed for about 12 hours and traffic on a 38-mile stretch of the highway was diverted onto the frontage road.
State Police said there were 29 noninjury crashes, six injury crashes and one fatal crash. They said the exact number of injured still wasn’t clear as of Sunday.