NM sheriff's deputy struck on snowy highway

NM sheriff's deputy struck on snowy highway

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A sheriff's deputy is in critical condition after authorities say he was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic on a snowy New Mexico highway.

New Mexico State Police says Sandoval County sheriff's deputy Robert Baron was transported to University of New Mexico Hospital following the accident on Interstate 25 near the San Felipe Pueblo.

The crash came as a storm system swept through parts of New Mexico on Thursday, dumping up to 6 inches of snow across the state and causing dangerous driving conditions, school closures and delays.

National Weather Service forecasters say snowfall accumulations in some areas could reach 6 to 8 inches. Torrance County and north toward Las Vegas are expected to be the hardest-hit areas. A winter storm warning was in effect until 11 p.m.

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press