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Serious motorcycle crash on I-40 sparks confrontation

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A motorcycle crash on Interstate 40 near Rio Grande Saturday afternoon left two people in the hospital and led to a confrontation between motorcyclists and the driver involved in the crash.

Rebecca Atkins, an Albuquerque police spokeswoman, said it started when a large group of motorcyclist began blocking traffic on I-40, performing tricks and stunts, and driving at 35 mph at times.

She said around 4 p.m. a truck tried to get around the group by taking the shoulder and crashed into one of the motorcyclists. Atkins said a rider and passenger on the bike sustained “serious injuries” and were taken to the hospital.

“After the collision several of the motorcyclists surrounded the truck and began banging on the windows and intimidating the driver,” Atkins said. “The driver of the truck felt threatened and then ran from the scene. The driver was contacted by officers and the investigation is ongoing.”

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