BERNALILLO COUNTY, NM — Multiple agencies were called to a vehicle fire Sunday afternoon on Interstate 40 near Carnuel, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident was reported on the eastbound lanes of I-40, between mile markers 169 and 170, east of Albuquerque. It was first reported by the BCSO at 1:04 p.m., when deputies and first responders had already arrived in the area.
Officials did not specify whether a collision or mechanical problems caused the blaze, but one vehicle had become completely engulfed in flames, prompting the closure of one eastbound lane.
By 1:37 p.m., more than 30 minutes after the initial report, crews had cleared the scene from the roadway and all travel lanes were announced reopened to traffic.
#TrafficAlert 🚨🔥 deputies have shut down 1 lane of eastbound traffic on I-40 between the 169 and 170 (Carnuel exit) due to a fully engulfed, single vehicle fire. Please be cautious of first responders in the area as they work to clear the roadway. pic.twitter.com/E4SnNH5eBj
— BCSO (Sheriff) NM (@BCSONM) September 3, 2023
No major injuries were immediately reported.
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