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1 killed in fiery crash on I-40

A car flipped and burst into flames Thursday afternoon on westbound Interstate 40 near Carlisle. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

A car flipped and burst into flames Thursday afternoon on westbound Interstate 40 near Carlisle. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A driver was killed in a fiery crash on I-40 at Carlisle on Thursday afternoon, according to the Albuquerque Police Department.

Police said motorists should avoid the interstate westbound near I-40 and Carlisle. The accident occurred around 1 p.m. with multiple agencies responding to the scene.

The westbound lanes of the interstate were shut down, according to Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier. Two westbound lanes were reopened around 2:15 p.m., according to Albuquerque Fire Department spokeswoman Melissa Romero, though the right lane remained closed.

One eyewitness told the Journal a car appeared to be speeding westbound on I-40 then hit the structure beneath the overpass at Carlisle, flipped and burst into flames.

Tixier said APD’s preliminary investigation shows the car was driving westbound on I-40 and took the off ramp to Carlisle.

“Something happened, we’re not quite sure yet what occurred, but the driver wasn’t able to navigate it,” Tixier said.

The car hit the overpass ledge and fell onto the interstate, bursting into flames. There were no passengers in the car, Tixier said.

The driver may have been speeding, but officers haven’t yet confirmed that.

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