Winter weather causes major backup on I-25

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Difficult driving still exists Thursday morning along I-25 in the Santa Fe area after winter weather hit the area Wednesday.

From up in the foothills, to downtown and out on the west side, snow hit the Duke City Wednesday. But it was the mess on I-25 northbound near La Bajada that had drivers stuck for hours. 

“It’s not much of a commute, it’s a dead stop right now,” said Mike Archuleta stuck on I-25 early Wednesday.

A trailer tipped over on its side and other cars spun out along the interstate.  And more crashes continued throughout the day.  

“It’s was really sudden, wet snow, almost the size of small little snowballs coming down, just floating down and all the sudden there was a ton of snow,” said Archuleta.  
 
“It looked like it was just starting to snow when we left Albuquerque and then we got here and then just stopped for the last hour pretty much,” said Ed Parkins.  

People got out of their cars made calls to family, and kids even made snowballs as they waited in the standstill traffic. As some were just trying to get home, others were headed for a quick getaway. 

“We’re on vacation so it’s not so bad, ” said Parkins. 

But drivers like the Lucero family have a much longer drive ahead of them. 

“We live in Mexico city right now and we’re just visiting for the holidays,” said Lucero. “We’re headed up to Denver to see some family, we’ll see if we get there today.”  

Everyone was just hoping they will get to their destinations safely. 

“Eventually we’ll get there, it’s just a matter of when,” said Santana Duran. 

I-25 did re-open around two this afternoon. Authorities confirm at least three people were injured in that crash and taken to a local hospital

The DOT does say there are still some tricky spots along I-25.

For all the latest road conditions, click here. 

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