BLOOMFIELD — A fatal wreck between two semitrucks Saturday morning closed U.S. Highway 550 south of Bloomfield near the intersection of County Road 7100.
The crash occurred at about 9:45 a.m.
New Mexico state police are still investigating and reconstructing the wreck.
One state police officers said that a driver of a semitruck hauling silage allegedly did not stop at a stop sign when turning onto U.S. Highway 550. Police say that man allegedly hit another semitruck, which was empty, that was traveling south on Highway 550. The driver of the empty semitruck died at the scene, state police said.
The driver of the truck hauling sileage walked away from the wreck without major injuries, according to Sgt. Micah Doering.
“Fog is also being considered a contributing factor to the crash,” said state police spokesman Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez.
Police said they are still contacting families, and the identities of the two drivers have not been released. Gutierrez said that because the deceased driver is from out of state, that may take some time.
Highway 550 was closed for much of the afternoon, causing major traffic delays. Before 3 p.m., police opened the southbound lane of Highway 550 and directed traffic through.