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First responders handled a deadly crash, an RV fire and two other car accidents all within just a few hours on the same stretch of I-40 Sunday.
You could see a long line of cars at a standstill on I-40 near the Route 66 Casino Sunday afternoon as first responders handled one accident after another.
First, firefighters battled an RV fire just after noon.
A state police spokesman said hen was not sure what started it, but the fire destroyed the RV.
All three people inside got out safely.
Then, the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office says a car rear-ended a semi as the truck slowed down because of heavy traffic from an earlier crash that was cleared from the roadway.
No one was injured.
But just before 2 p.m., as another car tried to go around that crash, a semi hit it, killing a 6-year-old boy in the car.
Officials say he was in the car with Roberto and Victoria Gamboa and two other children.
They went to the hospital, but officials say they are expected to recover.
Drivers backed up on I-40 waited patiently, thinking of the victims.
"It's very tough," said Sandee Claypool.
She said it was a close call for her family too.
"If we hadn't stopped for fuel, you can see we're only three trucks away from the accident," Claypool said.
Eastbound lanes on I-40 near the deadly crash opened up again at about 4:30 Sunday afternoon.
Investigators say they don't believe any drivers were reckless or careless and no charges are being filed at this time.
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