No injuries were reported after fierce winds tipped over an 18-wheeler that was heading south on U.S. 285 Wednesday, though one Chaves County Sheriff’s Office unit did sustain damage.
The New Mexico State Police responded to a report at 1:30 p.m. that an 18-wheeler had blown over and was resting on the median at mile marker 98, Ray Wilson, public information officer with New Mexico State Police said Thursday.
The trailer of the 18-wheeler was empty at the time it had blown over, he said.
Wreckers had to wait until after the winds died down to remove the 18-wheeler from the highway, according to Wilson.
Chaves County Sheriff Mike Herrington said a sheriff’s office unit parked at the scene was also damaged when it was struck by a pickup truck. No injuries were reported as a result of that collision.
The 18-wheeler was one of several pushed over by the wind on U.S. 285 Wednesday, according to NMSP.
A semi also was tipped over by the wind at mile marker 77 in Eddy County and another at mile marker 190 in Guadalupe County.
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