Interstate 40 closed its westbound traffic following a fatal crash involving a vehicle and several semi trailers that left one person dead, on September 13. 

According to New Mexico State Police, three semitrailers in Mentmore were involved in the crash, west of Gallup. In a report by KOAT 7, the incident has closed Interstate 40 at mile marker 20 and rerouted traffic back to the roadway at mile marker 16. 

semi trailer and vehicles depicted traveling on interstate

The cause of the crash and identity of the deceased victim has not yet been released. 

“It’s devastating that one person is dead as a result of this collision involving several semi-trucks. Although the details of the fatal crash are unclear, driving in and around these large trucks is extremely dangerous,” said Brian Colón, leading New Mexico personal injury attorney at Singleton Schreiber. “No one should ever face an untimely death or loss of a loved one at the hands of a negligent driver.”

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a multi-vehicle accident, contact the New Mexico personal injury attorneys at Singleton Schreiber by calling 505-605-2076 or by emailing

Catastrophic New Mexico Multi-Vehicle Accidents 

New Mexico, known for its stunning landscapes and vibrant culture, has unfortunately witnessed a distressing trend in recent years—catastrophic multi-vehicle accidents. These harrowing incidents not only result in extensive property damage but, more importantly, often lead to severe injuries and tragic loss of life.

The state of New Mexico has experienced a disconcerting surge in multi-vehicle accidents, which involve three or more vehicles colliding on the road. These accidents are often high-speed, chain-reaction collisions that lead to a multitude of injuries and fatalities. The increasing frequency of such incidents has left communities deeply shaken and has raised serious concerns about road safety.

Several factors contribute to the rise in catastrophic multi-vehicle accidents in New Mexico:

  • Speeding: Excessive speed is a common factor in many multi-vehicle accidents. When drivers exceed the speed limit or fail to adjust their speed in adverse weather conditions, they have less time to react to sudden changes on the road.
  • Distracted Driving: The use of smartphones, GPS devices, and other distractions diverts drivers’ attention from the road, making it difficult for them to react quickly to potential hazards.
  • Impaired Driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs significantly impairs a driver’s judgment and reaction times, increasing the likelihood of multi-vehicle accidents.
  • Poor Weather Conditions: New Mexico experiences a range of weather conditions, from heavy rain to snow and ice. Drivers who do not adapt to these conditions are at a higher risk of causing or being involved in multi-vehicle accidents.
  • Tailgating: Following too closely behind another vehicle, known as tailgating, reduces reaction time and can lead to chain-reaction collisions when the vehicle ahead suddenly brakes.
  • Inadequate Road Maintenance: Poorly maintained roads and highways, including missing signage or faded road markings, can contribute to accidents, particularly in adverse conditions.

The consequences of catastrophic multi-vehicle accidents are devastating for everyone involved. These accidents often result in:

  • Severe injuries: Many survivors face life-altering injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and fractures.
  • Loss of life: Tragically, some multi-vehicle accidents result in fatalities, leaving families and communities in mourning.
  • Emotional trauma: Witnessing or being involved in such accidents can have lasting psychological effects on survivors and witnesses.
  • Financial burdens: The costs associated with medical bills, property damage, and legal proceedings can be overwhelming for victims and their families.

To combat the rising toll of catastrophic multi-vehicle accidents in New Mexico, several measures need to be considered:

  • Strict Law Enforcement: Increased law enforcement efforts to target speeding, distracted driving, and impaired driving can act as a deterrent and help reduce accident rates.
  • Public Awareness Campaigns: Launching educational campaigns to raise awareness about safe driving practices, including the dangers of speeding, distracted driving, and driving under the influence, can promote responsible driving behaviors.
  • Improved Infrastructure: Investing in road maintenance and infrastructure improvements, such as clear signage and effective lighting, can enhance road safety.
  • Safe Driving Initiatives: Encouraging defensive driving courses and safe driving initiatives for all drivers can help improve overall road safety.
  • Advanced Safety Technology: Promoting the adoption of advanced safety technologies, such as collision avoidance systems and lane departure warnings, can reduce the severity of multi-vehicle accidents.

Catastrophic multi-vehicle accidents in New Mexico pose a grave threat to public safety and demand immediate attention and action. By addressing the contributing factors and implementing preventative measures, the state can work towards making its roads safer for all residents and visitors. Collaboration between law enforcement agencies, government authorities, and the community is essential to curb the escalating toll of multi-vehicle accidents and ensure safer roadways for everyone. It is incumbent upon us to prioritize road safety and prevent further tragedies on New Mexico’s highways.

“My hope is that anyone involved who was injured seeks out the assistance of a knowledgeable trucking accident attorney so they can get the assistance they need to determine liability and fault,” added Mr. Colón. “The family of the deceased victim and those injured deserve justice and my thoughts are with them at this tragic time.” 

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a multi-vehicle accident, contact the New Mexico personal injury attorneys at Singleton Schreiber by calling 505-605-2076 or by emailing