SANTA ROSA, N.M. (KAMR/KCIT) —
12:17 A.M. CT: Traffic is still not moving along I-40 in either direction near Santa Rosa, as crews work to clear multiple wrecks.
According to New Mexico State Police Public Information Officer Ray Wilson, one person is dead after a wreck on I-40 eastbound near milepost 271. An additional wreck that killed two people also on I-40 eastbound near milepost 272 is also currently being investigated by NMSP.
In addition to those fatal wrecks, NMSP is investigating multiple non-injury weather-related crashes along I-40 from MP 271 to 279, both east and west-bound.
According to NMSP, crews including NMSP officers, first responders, NMDOT, and tow crews are working to get the crashes cleared and the roadway back open.
According to the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s road conditions map, traffic is being diverted onto NM 219 to US 54 into Santa Rosa. It also shows that I-40 is closed in that area, both east and westbound.
New Mexico State Police Public Information Officer Ray Wilson
NMSP strongly urges everyone to stay off the roads and avoid travel. If you choose to travel be prepared to encounter long delays and road closures. Make sure you have food, water, blankets and warm clothing in your vehicle. Semi-Trucks and vehicles are asked to use snow chains when driving on snow packed and icy roads. Drive slowly, use a lower gear and avoid sudden braking. Stay home if possible! Check the weather and make a plan before you travel, letting friends and family members know your route and when you should arrive. Always have a fully charged cell phone before you travel
The New Mexico Department of Transportation reports a multi-car pileup that has closed I-40 in both directions from Santa Rosa to the Texas State Line seven miles west of Santa Rosa on I-40 at mile marker 271.
According to New Mexico State Police, at least one person has died in the wreck.
NMDOT is asking that people avoid the area and plan an alternate route as crews work to clear the scene.
NMDOT also said the Santa Rosa and Tucumcari area is closing Eastbound I-40 at the 285 and is directing traffic on US 54.
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