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Fatal pedestrian crash shuts down I-40 for 7 hours

Updated: 03/21/2014 5:49 PM | Created: 03/21/2014 1:47 PM
By: Kim Tobin, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An overnight fatal pedestrian crash shut down Interstate 40 near Route 66 Casino for more than seven hours. The closure and back up was a nightmare for people who were forced to wait it out.

There were sounds of idling engines and sights of trucks backed up for miles.

"We're stuck in a traffic jam," said Austin Stewart. "So, we got some sleep in. Cops came out and woke us up. We moved 30 feet and here we are."

With flashlights in hand, Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies investigated the scene where a woman was hit and killed on I-40.

Deputies completely closed all eastbound lanes of the interstate. The frustration grew for drivers, as the wait stretched from minutes to hours.

"All  we heard was an accident or something, so I guess we will find out when we get to the end," said Stewart.

While the situation was very frustrating for drivers on the road, seven hours later they were able to move and tried to keep it all in perspective.

"Eh," Stewart said. "It happens. Stuff happens all the time."

A sheriff's office spokesperson told us there were two reasons behind the shutdown. First, the scene was large and complex. Deputies wanted to ensure the integrity of the investigation. Also, they did not want drivers to have to see such a traumatic event.


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