ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – On Sunday, Mar. 12, at around 8 a.m., a New Mexico State Police officer drove up on a fatal crash on I-25 northbound at Montano Road. Marlene Platero, 66, died as a result of the crash.
According to the police investigation, Platero encountered a water heater lying in the street while driving. Platero swerved their car to avoid hitting the water heater and crashed into a Jeep. The medical investigator pronounced Platero dead on the scene due to fatal injuries caused by the crash.
According to police, seatbelts were properly used and alcohol does not seem to be involved in the crash. Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to contact NMSP at (505) 841-9256.
Through an investigation, police have learned that the water heater fell off a white truck. The truck appears to be a newer model GMC Denali 1500 or a GMC Canyon. Officers are attempting to identify and locate the vehicle’s driver. Police have not been able to identify a license plate number on the vehicle.