ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A rollover crash and a separate car fire on Interstate 40 closed all eastbound lanes at Eubank Boulevard and in Tijeras Canyon Wednesday afternoon.
The crash closure began about 3 p.m. east of Tijeras and ended at about 5:30 p.m. By then the traffic backup extended most of the way back to Albuquerque.
Major delays were expected to continue until the congestion clears.
One woman suffered serious injuries in the crash and has been taken to a hospital, the sheriff's department reported. Her name and additional details have not yet been released.
Initially reported by NMDOT as being at about mile marker 170 just east of the Carnuel exit, updated information from the sheriff's department placed the crash farther east between Tijeras and Zuzax.
Delays and backups also built on Old Route 66 as traffic diverted off the freeway crawled past the crash site. Authorities suggested East Mountains and Estancia Valley commuters delay their homeward drives if possible.
At 4 p.m. the sheriff's office estimated it would be at least two more hours before the lanes reopened although one lane was back in operation by about 5 p.m.
The car fire at the Eubank Boulevard exit blocked all eastbound lanes from about 3:30 p.m. until after 4 p.m.
Albuquerque firefighters hosed down the burning vehicle on the right shoulder.
Albuquerque police sent eastbound traffic off the freeway and onto city streets at Wyoming Boulevard. At about 4 p.m. traffic began moving again past the fire scene although by then the backup stretched to about San Mateo Boulevard.
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