Stretch of I-25 closed in Las Cruces, HAZMAT tanker spill

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police shut down a stretch of Interstate 25 in Las Cruces for several hours Thursday as a hazardous materials team responded to a rollover crash involving a commercial motor vehicle hauling fuel.

The driver sustained unknown injuries and was transported to an area hospital, police said.

NMSP spokesman Dusty Francisco said the Las Cruces Fire Department’s HAZMAT team was called to assist at about 2 p.m. because diesel and gas was believed to be leaking from the tanker.

One lane of southbound I-25 was reopened about three hours later.

Northbound I-25 remained closed at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint near milepost 26 into the evening rush hour. Traffic was being rerouted onto NM 185 — the old highway to Hatch.