Driver killed in crash caused by fallen cargo on I-25 in NE Albuquerque

Parnall Law News Team

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — A driver died Sunday morning in a crash while trying to dodge a water heater on Interstate 25 in northeast Albuquerque, reports KOB4.

The fatal accident occurred near Exit 228 to Montaño Road Northeast, or Montgomery Boulevard Northeast. New Mexico State Police arrived on the scene at about 8:00 a.m.

Investigators say an unknown driver in a pickup truck dumped a water heater onto the interstate and continued driving. Shortly after, the victim, 66, swerved to avoid the object but their car collided with an SUV.

NMSP confirmed the victim, a resident of To’Hajiilee, died from their injuries at the scene.

Responding officers said all involved occupants had been wearing seat belts and ruled out alcohol as a factor.

It remains unclear whether the driver of the pickup truck intentionally dumped the water heater, or if it fell out of the vehicle by accident.

NMSP continues to investigate and search for the suspect. Anyone with information is urged to contact investigators at 505-841-9256.

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