Four NMDOT workers, teen driver injured in crash on US 70

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LAS CRUCES – Four New Mexico Department of Transportation workers repairing guardrails along US 70 were taken to the hospital after they were struck by a vehicle Friday.   New Mexico State Police Public Information Officer Dusty Francisco said that one worker was flown to El Paso after he was struck by a Toyota pickup truck. The other three workers were taken to a Las Cruces hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Francisco said that the driver was a 16-year-old girl. She was also taken to a Las Cruces hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  The crash occurred at about 4 p.m. on the eastbound lanes of the busy highway near Mile Post 158, the Weisner Road intersection, just east of Las Cruces.

Officials closed the highway in both directions and diverted traffic onto Bataan Memorial Frontage Road for a time. By 6:50 p.m., all lanes were reopen. Ami Evans, a public information officer for DOT, said the workers were repairing a guardrail after a previous crash impacted the lines.

She said the incident was unrelated to a police shootout in the same area that occurred a few hours earlier.  Others are reading: Justin Garcia is a public safety reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News.

He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 575-541-5449 or on Twitter at @Just516garc.

This article originally appeared on Las Cruces Sun-News: Four NMDOT workers, teen driver injured in crash on US 70

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