ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — State Police have identified the three people killed in Wednesday’s crash near Grants.
The driver and two passengers of the Enterprise truck have been identified as driver Devin S. Marine, 27 of Litchfield Park, AZ. Passengers Branden Macurio, 21, of Laguna, CA and Ricky A. Macurio, 47, of Phelan, CA. The passengers have been identified as father and son.
The driver of the eastbound semi was air lifted from the scene to UNMH in Albuquerque with extensive injuries. The passenger was taken to Cibola General Hospital in Grants and then later to UNMH.
New Mexico State Police Lt. Robert McDonald told the Associated Press that an eastbound tractor-trailer rig crossed the median and collided head-on with a westbound rental truck.
McDonald says all three people in the rental truck were killed and that the big rig’s driver and a passenger were injured.
Traffic was diverted off I-40 onto a state highway for several hours before one lane of I-40 was reopened in each direction.
Interstate 40 has been reopened between mileposts 89 and 96 near Grants, but only one lane in each direction, according to the state Transportation Department’s website.
Authorities are encouraging drivers to watch out for personnel and equipment when traveling in the area.
Interstate 40 has been closed in both directions since around 6:30 this morning after a collision of two tractor-trailers at McCartys, between Acomita and Grants, according to the state Department of Transportation and KOB-TV.
KRQE News 13 is reporting that three people have died in the accident.
Small vehicles are being diverted off I-40 to N.M. 124 at the McCart’s exit (mile marker 96) and at the Stuckey’s exit (mile marker 89), but semis and vehicles taller than 12 feet 5 inches high won’t be allowed on N.M. 124 because of height restrictions, according to the DOT website.
Officials say the closure is expected to last until noon, KOB-TV is reporting.