Wrong-way driver dies after crashing into semi on I-40

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Police say a wrong-way driver died in a crash near I-40 and San Mateo in Albuquerque on Sunday morning. The Albuquerque Police Department reports that around 4:00 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area where they discovered a passenger vehicle was traveling in the wrong direction on the freeway and struck a semi-truck.


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Authorities say the wrong-way driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash closed part of the freeway for hours while officers from APD’s Motors Unit investigated.

The name of the driver has not been released. This is the second fatal crash on an Albuquerque interstate involving a wrong-way driver in about 24 hours.

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