UPDATE: I-40 NB in east Albuquerque reopens after semi rollover, downed communications line

Parnall Law News Team

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Authorities have reopened a part of northbound Interstate 40 that was closed late Tuesday morning after a semi-truck overturned and hit a communications line, reports KRQE.

The incident was reported on the northbound side of I-40 between Eubank Boulevard Northeast and Juan Tabo Boulevard Northeast. By 11:00 a.m., travel lanes in both directions were shut down.

It remains unclear what led up to the crash, but authorities have since clarified that a communications line was struck, not a power line like initially reported.

PNM (Public Service Company of New Mexico) officials said an area outage impacting about 1,000 customers was reported at around 10:20 a.m. but service was expected to be restored at around 8:46 a.m.

The closure caused a significant traffic backup in the area until about 3:30 p.m., when all travel lanes were reopened.

New Mexico Department of Transportation officials said the Juan Tabo eastbound ramps would remain blocked off until repairs are completed.

The Albuquerque Police Department continues to investigate.

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