2 hospitalized after semi and van collide in Clovis

2 hospitalized after semi and van collide in Clovis
(Source: KFDA)

CLOVIS, N.M. (KFDA) - Two people are in the hospital after a collision involving a semi-truck and a van in Clovis on Monday afternoon.

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Around 12:55 p.m., first responders arrived at the scene of a collision at the 2100 block of East Mabry Drive to find a van in the ditch and a semi-truck that had been jack-knifed and was partially off the roadway.

The van had been pulling a trailer, and the trailer was on its side blocking the westbound lanes.

Witnesses told police the semi-truck was driving west on Mabry Drive when another semi-truck came out of the Pilot truck stop and turned to head east.

The van was heading east to turn into the truck stop when the driver did not see the first semi-truck due to the second semi-truck.

The semi-truck then struck the van on the passenger side, sending it into the ditch.

The semi's hydraulic tank was ripped open due to the collision, spilling fuel into the roadway. Crews responded to the scene to clear the roadway of the fuel.

The driver of the van, 64-year-old Jeffrey Jones from California, was transported to University Medical Center in Lubbock. He is in serious condition.

The passenger of the van, 61-year-old Barbara Jones from California, was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis and then taken by Care Flight to University Medical Center. She is in stable condition.

The driver of the semi, 64-year-old Randy Strickler, was not injured in the collision.

US 60/84 was closed in both directions between Sugar Beet and Humphrey Road for around three hours while police investigated the incident and crews cleaned debris and fuel from the collision.

The investigation into this collision is ongoing.

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