State Police Officers Recover Following Crash
LAS CRUCES ― Around 7 p.m., Saturday, New Mexico State Police officers were investigating a crash involving a Jeep and semi-tractor trailer on U.S. 70 and Wisner.
Officers were diverting traffic onto the frontage road from U.S. 70.
During the course of the investigation, Susan Ware, 70, of Cloudcroft was traveling west on U.S. 70 and failed to see the crash ahead and attempted to pass the stopped traffic. In doing so, she collided with a stopped state police patrol unit. NMSP Ofc. Jesus Rodriguez was inside the patrol unit and Ofc. Manuel Veloz was standing outside the patrol unit directing traffic.
The impact pushed Ofc. Rodriguez’s patrol unit into Ofc. Veloz, knocking him to the ground. Both officers were transported to an area hospital where they were treated for cuts and bruises and released.
Ware also was treated and released. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash and there was no evidence Ware was impaired or on her phone. She was cited for careless driving. The NMSP Crash Reconstruction Unit continues its investigation of the crash.
NMSP thanks the public and media for the outpouring of support it received for the officers and reminds the public to slow down and move over for any and all stopped police, fire, emergency, towing, civilian and service vehicles working on roadways.