Albuquerque based truck driver Richard Mathews uses his cellular phone Thursday afternoon after the truck he was driving jack-knifed near the 19 mile marker on I-40 in Gallup. Spots of fresh blood are visible on Mathews' shirt from a cut he sustained in the wreck, which he reported happened when an erratic driver cut him off and then came to a sudden stop, forcing him to either swerve to the shoulder or collide with the other vehicle.
A trio of women watch Thursday as a tow truck driver hooks their smashed SUV to the back of his truck near mile marker 17 on I-40 in Gallup. A sudden cloud burst dumped rain and hail onto the interstate, causing three separate crashes between mile posts 17 and 20, though none with any life-threatening injuries.
Gallup and New Mexico State Police officers have their hands full Thursday after a cloudburst contributed to three separate accidents in a three mile stretch of I-40 between mile posts 17 and 19.
Gallup fire fighters check on Albuquerque based truck driver Richard Mathews after he jack-knifed the truck he was driving Thursday along I-40 near the Munoz Overpass in Gallup.
(The third wreck, between these two, was relatively minor and I did not stop to make any images at it).