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Two fatal wrecks snarled Thursday Westside commute

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two fatal crashes Thursday morning closed major Westside routes, complicating the morning commute.

I-40 eastbound was closed at 6th for a fatal crash involving a motorcycle, according to an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman.

Officer Tanner Tixier said excessive speed was a factor.

“The motorcycle rider was traveling in excess of 90 mph, and was unable navigate the slight bend in the road on I40 Eastbound at 4th street,” he said. “The male subject struck the barrier separating East/West traffic, separated from his motorcycle and then struck a street light.”

Tixier said alcohol was not a factor and no other vehicles were involved. Police have no identified the motorcyclist.

Police also investigated a fatal crash at Coors and Iliff that involved a pedestrian, Tixier said.

“A female pedestrian was crossing Coors from West to East, outside a designated crosswalk, and was struck by a pick up truck traveling North on Coors in the Center lane,” he said.

Tixier said police interviewed the driver of the truck and alcohol, as well as speed, are not factors in the crash.

“This is being investigated as pedestrian error and no charges are expected against the driver of the truck,” he said. Police did not identify the pedestrian.

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