Two fatal accidents impact Thursday morning commute


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police responded to two fatal accidents Thursday morning that left commuters in a traffic standstill.

At this time all roads have been reopened.

The crash located at the I-40 eastbound off ramp at 4th Street involved a motorcyclist.

All I-40 eastbound lanes at 6th Street were shut down and police diverted people to Rio Grande.

Police say the motorcyclist was going over 90 mph when he struck a barrier, flew off the motorcycle and hit a street light. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. No one else was injured.

The second crash was located at Coors and Iliff and involved a pedestrian.

Police say a female pedestrian was crossing Coors outside a designated crosswalk and was hit by a pickup truck. The driver of the truck stopped and was interviewed by police. Police say the crash is being investigated as pedestrian error and charges are not expected against the driver.

Northbound Coors at Iliff was closed earlier this morning and northbound traffic was not allowed onto I-40.

Sky News 13 video of that accident shows the line of cars stretched for miles.

The detour also caused a back up on Atrisco headed toward Central. That is an area that already sees major traffic during the daily commute.

KRQE News 13 spoke with commuters who say they tried to avoid I-40 but even the side streets were jammed.

“So instead, I took Montaño and I checked my phone first to see on the app for maps and I thought Montaño was clear but it wasn’t,” Lisa Hada said. “It was inching down eastward.”

“When we were coming out of Rio Rancho, it took us over two hours just to get from Rio Rancho to here on 6th Street and Central,” Richard Wisecarver explained. “Just with all the traffic, taking side streets, back roads to get here the fastest way we could.”

Wisecarver says his drive usually takes him about 30 minutes, Thursday he says it was hard finding clear streets anywhere.

At this time, we still do not know the names of the subjects involved in the crashes.

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