Snow and ice trigger wrecks on NM interstates

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Snowy and icy roads triggered a series of accidents on Interstates 40 and 25 in and around Albuquerque Thursday morning, leaving at least three people critically injured.

State police also reported at least 10 weather-related crashes along the I-40 corridor between the Arizona line and Grants. About two dozen motorists also spun out in the snow and had to be helped.

State police spokesman Lt. Eric Garcia says none of the interstates outside Albuquerque were closed. The weather was clearing at midmorning and the sun was out, but it remains extremely cold.

In Albuquerque, two state police officers were hurt in separate crashes at the I-25/I-40 interchange, but the injuries did not appear to be serious.

Albuquerque police spokeswoman Sgt. Trish Hoffman says southbound I-25 approaching the I-40 interchange is closed as an overnight accident is investigated.