Eagle Nest – Around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), operated by the Fronk Oil Company (Booker, Texas), was traveling westbound on US 64. At mile marker 290, approximately five miles east of Eagle Nest, the vehicle slid off the north side of the roadway and into the Cimarron River, which was located alongside the roadway.
The CMV was hauling a tanker trailer containing unleaded gasoline and diesel fuel. After impacting the river, the tanker trailer disengaged causing some diesel fuel to leak. State Police, Eagle Nest Fire Department and Raton Fire Department (which has a hazardous materials response team) responded immediately, assessing and managing the scene. The fuel was subsequently offloaded from the tanker trailer.
The New Mexico State Police investigated the crash and issued an inspection of the vehicle at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was cited for careless driving. State Police maintained incident command of the scene. The CMV was removed from the river hours after the crash. The fuel spill in the Cimarron River is estimated to be between 500-1,100 gallons of diesel fuel. A federally approved hazmat team has arrived on scene to initiate assessment and clean-up.
State Police is working with other state and local agencies to inform those in the area who potentially may be affected by this incident. In addition, the New Mexico Environment Department is working with State Police to fully assess the environmental impacts of the accident and to ensure all is handled appropriately. Further information will be disseminated as it develops.