The Latest: New Mexico State Police: Many crashes on I-40

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Posted: Dec 17, 2016 4:25 PM

SANTA ROSA, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on wrecks on Interstate 40 in northeastern New Mexico (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

Authorities say a multi-vehicle wreck on a snow- and ice-covered interstate highway in northeastern New Mexico actually involved multiple crashes in one area, not one big pileup.

The State Police said an initial report indicated a wreck late Saturday morning on westbound Interstate 40 between Santa Rosa and Tucumcari involved approximately 40 vehicles, but the agency said later the total number of crashes and vehicles is still being determined.

A State Police spokesman said there are no immediate reports of injuries.

A 38-mile stretch of westbound I-40 is closed, with traffic being detoured around the area.

12:30 p.m.

Authorities say there's been a multi-vehicle crash involving approximately 40 vehicles on a snow- and ice-covered interstate highway in northeastern New Mexico.

The New Mexico State Police say the wreck occurred midday Saturday on westbound Interstate 40 between Santa Rosa and Tucumcari and that traffic on a 38-mile stretch of the highway is being diverted onto the frontage road.

There is no immediate word of injuries, and the State Police said officers are investigating what happened.