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Albuquerque police report high accident numbers amid storms

January 3, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say the city has seen a spike in accidents as a series of winter storms swept the state.

Albuquerque police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said late Wednesday afternoon that there had been nearly 225 accidents since the start of the New Year. Sixty-six of the accidents involved injuries.

Police also say a tow truck driver who had stopped to help a state police officer was killed along Interstate 40 in Albuquerque when his truck was struck by a tractor-trailer rig.

Albuquerque police spent Wednesday discouraging people from driving.

City officials say more than two dozen trucks would be working in 12-hour shifts to clear main roads, intersections and bridges.

Elsewhere in New Mexico, authorities said a 12-year-old boy was killed in an accident Monday evening south of Cuba.

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