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Fatal Crash Shuts Down Eastbound I-40 During Morning Commute

By: ABQ RAW staff

POSTED: 1/17/2023 @1:30PM


New Mexico State Police investigate a deadly car crash on Eastbound I-40 at mile marker 166


NE Albuquerque - The busy part of the Tuesday morning commute was interrupted at I-40 Eastbound in Albuquerque between the Eubank and Juan Tabo exits due to a fatal traffic crash. Around, 8AM APD were called to interstate 40 eastbound in regards to a motor vehicle crash.


video from scene of a fatal crash this morning


Once it was determined someone died during the crash it started a full fatal traffic investigation. Initially, Albuquerque Police was called to investigate but New Mexico State Police took over the investigation. Around 10AM, the freeway was partially open again for two lanes eastbound before it was fully opened by the afternoon.


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According to New Mexico State Police news release:

The initial investigation shows 2006 Chevrolet Aveo was parked in the right lane of travel on Interstate 40 eastbound near mile marker 166 and was struck by a 2018 Ford pick-up traveling east on Interstate 40. The driver of the Chevrolet, Ona Savage eighty-three of Albuquerque, NM sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

The passenger of the Chevrolet a fourteen-year-old male was transported by emergency medical personnel to an area hospital for injuries believed to be non-life-threatening.

The driver of the Ford pick-up was not injured and was treated by emergency medical personnel on the scene.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor and seatbelts do appear to have been properly utilized.

The New Mexico State Police Reconstruction Unit assisted in the investigation

This investigation is ongoing and being led by the New Mexico State Police.

We will update the story if anything is added to the investigation.

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