NMDOT investigates bridge’s integrity after fiery crash
July 12, 2018 09:21 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A deadly crash at I-40 and Coors has caused the New Mexico Department of Transportation to open its own investigation.
NMDOT spokesperson Kimberly Gallegos said, "When something is hit really hard by a car or when there's heat involved like flames like today, we want to make sure everything is safe before drivers travel on that roadway again."
According to NMDOT, I-40 at Coors was closed for several hours following the motorcycle crash so crews could inspect the structural integrity of the overpass.
Gallegos said, "We did a sound test that includes visual and physical test. They chipped away at the delaminated concrete to make sure there were no major impacts to the structure."
According to Gallegos, the damage to the overpass was only cosmetic.
As a result, NMDOT will patch some of the beams and replace the concrete beneath the interchange.
According to Gallegos, NMDOT still has to get an estimate before hiring a contractor.
Meanwhile, police have not identified the motorcyclist who was traveling on I-40 before crashing into a barrier and getting stuck underneath a semi-truck.
According to a spokesperson with the Albuquerque Police Department, the rider separated from their bike and was hit by at least two other vehicles.
The semi-truck caught on fire after a fuel tank exploded.
Police say alcohol and speeding appear to be a factor.
Updated: July 12, 2018 09:21 AM
Created: July 11, 2018 04:28 PM
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