ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Westbound Interstate 40 has reopened, and traffic is moving again, Bernalillo County sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Williamson said in an emailed alert.
There is still no word on the condition of two people who were hospitalized with serious injuries following the head-on crash shortly before 3 a.m. today.
Updated at 7:17am — WB I-40 remains closed
Westbound Interstate 40 remains closed at the Tijeras exit following a head-on crash shortly before 3 a.m. today between Carnuel and Tijeras, apparently caused by a wrong-way driver heading east in the westbound lanes.
Two people were hospitalized with serious injuries, but their conditions weren’t immediately known.
Traffic has been backed up for miles since early this morning, and motorists have been urged to find another way around the area if they can.
Deputies have been diverting westbound traffic onto Old Route 66 at Tijeras.
5:05am UPDATE: A wrong-way driver going eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 between Tijeras and Carnuel caused a serious crash just before 3 a.m. today, KOAT-TV is reporting from the scene.
Two people have been taken to the hospital, including one by helicopter, according to Action 7 News.
Westbound I-40 is closed at the Tijeras exit, and traffic is backed up for miles, deputies told KOAT-TV. Drivers are being re-routed to Old Route 66, the station said.
The closure is likely to be in effect for several hours, Action 7 News said.
Breaking at 4:53am — WB I-40 closed at Tijeras
Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputies are on the scene of a two-vehicle crash that occurred this morning on westbound Interstate 40 near Carnuel, Sgt. Aaron Williamson said in an emailed news alert.
At least two people have been taken to University of New Mexico Hospital with serious injuries, Williamson said.
Westbound I-40 is shut down at the Tijeras exit, and drivers can expect delays in the area.