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High winds likely a factor in Monday crash

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Monday morning’s high winds are believed to be a cause in a multi-vehicle crash that closed part of U.S. Highway 285 north of Roswell for about three hours.

Two people were injured and transported to an area hospital, but their injuries were non-life threatening, according to a press release from Dusty Francisco, public information officer with the New Mexico State Police.

The crash occurred shortly before 7 a.m. Monday near milepost 128, approximately 12 miles north of Roswell.

The initial investigation indicated a Dodge pickup towing a trailer was traveling north and slowed for a reason yet unknown, the press release said.

The Dodge was struck from behind by a commercial motor vehicle also traveling north. Two pickup trucks and a passenger car then struck debris in the road and left the road, according to the press release.

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North and southbound lanes of U.S. 285 between mileposts 120 and 128 were closed at 8:05 a.m. Monday and reopened at 11:12 a.m. while NMSP investigated the scene.

Low visibility from blowing sand is believed to be a factor. Sustained winds at the approximate time of the accident were recorded at 25 mph with gusts to 38 mph, according to data recorded by the National Weather Service at the Roswell Air Center. At about 7:15 a.m. Monday, sustained winds of 35 mph with gusts to 51 mph were recorded at the airport.

The crash is still under investigation.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.