The center and right lanes of northbound U.S. 84/285 at near N.M. 599 will be closed for about 500 yards until at least 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, as crews work to clean a fuel spill, New Mexico Department of Transportation officials said.
A tanker crashed north of Santa Fe on Sunday night, and leaked 1,400 gallons of fuel, city officials said.
Andrew Phelps, the city’s emergency manager, said that at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, a Western Refining fuel tanker and an SUV collided. The cause of the crash is still unclear, but it was snowing heavily at the time.
The collision caused a large enough gash to one of the tanker’s fuel stores that about 1,400 gallons of gasoline leaked from the truck, Phelps said. The resulting clean up temporarily closed traffic in both directions Sunday night. The southbound traffic lanes were opened by 8:45 p.m.. One northbound lane was opened at 1:30 a.m., Monday, Phelps said.
Both motorists declined medical attention.