LOCAL WEATHER

Winter storm keeps Taos County first responders on their toes

Three seriously injured in crash on State Road 38

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 2/24/19

The Taos County Sheriff's Office responded to a total of six car crashes and other weather-related accidents as the storm rolled in Friday evening (Feb. 22) …

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LOCAL WEATHER

Winter storm keeps Taos County first responders on their toes

Three seriously injured in crash on State Road 38

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Emergency services teams throughout Taos County have spent the last 24 hours running from call to call, assisting motorists and clearing traffic accidents along roadways impacted by heavy snowfall.

The Taos County Sheriff's Office responded to a total of six car crashes and other weather-related accidents as a storm rolled in Friday evening (Feb. 22) and dropped several inches of fresh snow.

Some of the accidents resulted in injuries, but none have proven fatal, according to a press release sent by Sgt. Jason Rael.

The most serious crash, a two-vehicle head-on collision, took place Friday night along State Road 38, the main road connecting Questa, Red River and Eagle Nest.

Workers shut down the roadway near mile marker seven for nearly three hours as they cleared the scene of the crash. Three people in the vehicles had been injured and were taken to Holy Cross Hospital. Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said that all three remained in the hospital's care as of late Saturday night (Feb. 23) with injuries he described as "serious."

At the southern end of the county, multiple vehicles slid off State Road 68 near Pilar Hill and the horseshoe curve, a sharp turn before the state road crests into Taos Valley.

The rough winter weather kept emergency services teams busy with numerous other weather-related incidents, including calls to traffic hazards and motorists requiring assistance navigating slick roads.

While the forecast for the next several days calls for clear skies and most major roadways have been plowed, driving may still be dangerous in some areas due to ice and packed snow.

For up to date road conditions, visit NMRoads.com.

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