Photo: Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster
The Los Alamos Daily Post received official word that N.M. 4 into the Jemez Mountains from Los Alamos has re-opened to traffic in both directions following a crash earlier today.
Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster released a statement saying that at approximately 11:15 a.m. today, a White 1998 International Flatbed truck was heading eastbound on N.M. 4 near milepost 49 when it exited the roadway and fell approximately 200 feet before coming to rest in the forest.
“The vehicle was being driven by 51-year-old Francisco Maes of Willard, N.M. His injuries were reported to be serious and he was flown by helicopter to St. Vincent’s in Santa Fe.
The helicopter had landed at the intersection of N.M. 4 and West Jemez Road to meet the ambulance that transported Maes.
The truck was carrying approximately 2,000 gallons of yellow and white road striping paint, which spilled and continues to need mitigation and cleanup.
The road was closed until approximately 3:45 p.m. today, but will need to be closed again in the next few days when larger equipment arrives to clean the paint and extract the truck from the forest.
LAPD will attempt to notify local press before those closures once a schedule is determined.
The cause of the crash is unknown and an investigation continues with help from the New Mexico Motor Transportation Division. At this point, no citations have been issued in the crash.
For more details, see today’s earlier stories, photos and a video from the scene in the Los Alamos Daily Post.