Interstate-40 in Albuquerque, New Mexico was closed May 21, 2023 due to a fatal collision involving a 64-year-old woman. 

Two passenger vehicles and a semi-truck were involved in a crash on I-40 according to New Mexico State Police (NMSP).  The crash occurred at 2 PM at mile marker 160. A 2019 Toyota was heading west on I-40 and began to slide due to “inclement weather” and the vehicle sideswiped a 2008 Ford. Consequently, the Ford began to spin counterclockwise when it was hit.  While spinning, the Ford was then broadsided by the semi-truck. The Ford driver was identified as Flora Garcia, 64, of Farmington, who according to the Office of the Medical Investigator, died at the scene of incident. 

Semi truck altercation with crashed car on freeway

NMSP reported that the drivers of the Toyota and semi-truck, both 48-year-old women, were not injured in the incident. 

Big rig collisions in New Mexico have become more common as truck drivers use various interstate highways to transport goods across the country.

“This fatal incident involved multiple dangerous factors that resulted in the death of a 64-year-old woman,” said Brian Colón Albuquerque attorney at Singleton Schreiber. “It’s heartbreaking that these types of deadly crashes happen even when responsible drivers are doing all they can to avoid accidents during New Mexico’s challenging weather and driving conditions.”

If you or a loved one is involved in a collision, the Albuquerque trucking accident attorneys at Singleton Schreiber can be reached at 505-605-2076 or by emailing

Fatal Albuquerque I-40 Crash 

Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a city known for its diverse weather patterns, which can pose significant challenges to drivers, particularly on major highways like I-40. On the day of the fatal crash hail and heavy rain were reported to have been known factors in the incident, leading a vehicle involved to lose control. 

Inclement weather conditions, such as heavy rain, snowstorms, and high winds, can create hazardous driving conditions, increasing the risk of accidents. In this article, we explore the traffic safety measures that can be implemented to enhance safety on Albuquerque’s I-40 during adverse weather events.

The following tactics can be utilized to keep drivers safe on roads in times of hazardous weather conditions: 

  • Weather Monitoring and Communication: The installation of weather sensors and cameras along I-40 can provide real-time updates on weather conditions, allowing authorities to alert motorists about potential hazards. Additionally, electronic message boards strategically placed along the highway can display weather-related warnings, advising drivers to take necessary precautions or consider alternate routes if conditions are deemed unsafe.
  • Enhanced Road Maintenance: Maintaining the road surface during inclement weather is crucial to prevent accidents. Regular inspections, quick repairs of potholes and cracks, and proactive measures to address drainage issues can minimize the risk of hydroplaning and improve traction. It is essential for the Albuquerque Department of Transportation to allocate resources and prioritize road maintenance to ensure the highway remains in optimal condition.
  • Dedicated Emergency Response Teams: Establishing dedicated emergency response teams specifically trained to handle incidents during inclement weather can improve response times and mitigate the impact of accidents. Rapid response can help clear accidents quickly, provide medical assistance to injured parties, and minimize traffic congestion, reducing the chances of secondary accidents.
  • Variable Speed Limit Signs: Installing variable speed limit signs along I-40 that adjust based on real-time weather conditions can promote safer driving practices. These signs can provide recommended speed limits that are lower than the standard limit during adverse weather, alerting drivers to adjust their speeds accordingly. 
  • Driver Education and Training: Offering educational programs or including relevant modules in driving courses can help drivers develop the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate through rain, snow, or strong winds. Instruction on defensive driving techniques, skid control, and safe braking distances can empower motorists to make better decisions when faced with challenging weather scenarios.

“I-40 is extremely dangerous with large trucks and big rigs traveling cross country through New Mexico, which makes our roads more congested and dangerous,” added Mr. Colón. “The family of this woman deserves justice, and they should absolutely contact a qualified truck accident lawyer who can guide them through the legal process. Our firm’s thoughts are with the family of the victim, and we hope they find the help they need to get through this difficult time.”

Singleton Schreiber Albuquerque car and trucking accident attorneys can be reached at 505-605-2076 or by emailing