NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police reports that westbound I-40 between Clines Corners and Santa Rosa has reopened following multiple weather-related crashes on Wednesday, March 24. NMROADS was previously reporting severe or difficult driving conditions in the area.
As of Wednesday at 11:10 p.m., NMSP stated that difficult driving conditions still existed and that unnecessary travel is discouraged. NMSP reports that there have been no fatalities and those injured are being attended to and transported by local emergency medical services.
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Officials say officers and tow crews were working to clear I-40 and that there were several semi-trucks and debris are still blocking the roadway Wednesday evening. During that time, safe speeds were about 40 mph, and officers said it would take time to determine how many cars were involved as well as the details regarding any possible injuries.
New Mexico Department of Transportation snowplows and salt trucks were deployed in the area. NMSP urged everyone to stay off the roads Wednesday and not to travel. According to NMROADS, roads were still snow-packed and icy with zero visibility, and travel was discouraged.
Those traveling were urged by police to take food, water, blankets, and warm clothing in their vehicles. Semi-trucks were asked to use snow chains when driving on roads that are snow-packed and are covered in ice. Drivers are asked to travel slowly, use a lower gear, and avoid sudden braking.