Tow truck driver killed, officer injured in I-40 crash
January 02, 2019 05:56 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The latest winter wallop has claimed an innocent man's life.
“The tow truck driver was just being a good Samaritan,” Officer Dusty Francisco with New Mexico State Police said.
Six vehicles, including four semis, were involved in a chain reaction crash around one this morning.
Chopper 4 flew over the scene that spread out over several miles on I-40 East, shutting down traffic for hours.
“Due to the weather and road conditions, I mean you're driving on black ice, so it makes it harder to stop,” Officer Francisco said.
State Police said an officer responded to a crash and was rear-ended by a semi.
“A tow truck driver from Madrid Towing, stopped to assist the state police officer, and when it did, another commercial motor vehicle approached the scene and struck the tow truck…tow truck driver, along with the State Police vehicle a second time,” Officer Francisco said.
State police said 50-year-old Pat Cisneros of Albuquerque died at the scene. The officer suffered minor injuries and is expected to be ok.
“I mean with the inclement weather and road conditions, we put out stuff on social media to drivers to slow down, be careful and for something like that to happen, it’s, it’s unfortunate,” Officer Francisco said.
No other injuries were reported. Police continue to investigate the crash and whether speed was a factor.
KOB reached out to Madrid towing. The company’s owner, Gerald Madrid, provided us this statement on the loss of their valued employee and friend.
"Pat was my lead tow driver here at Madrid. His passion was driving tow trucks. He died doing what he loved. In addition, trying to help someone else, in the process, lost his life. Pat will be missed,” Madrid said.
Updated: January 02, 2019 05:56 PM
Created: January 02, 2019 06:08 AM
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