Weather causes series of freeway crashes in New Mexico

AP News
Posted: Dec 18, 2016 11:51 AM

SANTA ROSA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say at least one person is dead and several others injured after a series of crashes involving about 40 vehicles on a snow- and ice-covered interstate highway in northeastern New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police officials say there were multiple crashes around 11 a.m. Saturday on westbound Interstate 40 between Santa Rosa and Tucumcari in a concentrated area but not one large pile-up.

A section of the freeway was closed for about 12 hours and traffic on a 38-mile stretch of the highway was diverted onto the frontage road.

State Police say there were 29 non-injury crashes, six injury crashes and one fatal crash.

They say the exact number of injured still wasn't clear as of Sunday.