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Two killed in multi-vehicle crash caused by weather

Caleb James and KOB.com web staff
January 16, 2018 01:02 PM

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, N.M. -- A portion of Interstate 25 south of Las Vegas shut down Monday night after a deadly multi-car collision.

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New Mexico State Police say 20 vehicles were involved in the chain collision that killed two people and left multiple others injured near the town of Romeroville.  The interstate and nearby roads were icy at the time of the crash due to inclement  weather and rapidly dropping temperatures.  

Police say the series of collisions began when a vehicle traveling northbound slid off the road and hit the median divider. A semi attempted to avoid the crash, leading to it being jack-knifed in the road. From there, 18 other vehicles, including another semi, began to pile up.

Law enforcement shut down the interstate at mile marker 307 while medical personnel flooded the scene to transport those who were injured. The sea of tail-lights from ensuing traffic stretched for about 20 miles south.

Viewer Francisco Gurule captured photos from an overpass just above the crash. They show mangled semi-trucks and vehicles.

A glance at the state transportation department's map highlights how the roads in northern New Mexico are icy. It reveals portions of Santa Fe County all the way to Union County in red, meaning severe driving conditions. Head over to NMRoads.com for more.

#NMSP , I-25 NB is shut down at exit 307(Pecos) and SB at exit 343 (Las Vegas) due to Ice packed roads causing multiple crashes with injuries. Please avoid the area if possible, and use extreme caution if in the area pic.twitter.com/xKtenRReRm

— NMSP (@NMStatePolice) January 16, 2018

Officers are diverting traffic onto the frontage road. This process is slow due to the backup. Northbound I25 is blocked from crashes. Once you are able to turn around, we advise you to seek a safe location to wait for the road to reopen.

— NMSP (@NMStatePolice) January 16, 2018

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