FARMINGTON Farmington police are investigating a five-car collision on Wednesday that resulted in one woman being taken to the hospital.

Law enforcement and emergency crews were dispatched around 11:30 a.m. to the intersection of Main Street and Murray Drive for the crash. Police say the driver of a red truck heading east on Main Street crossed several lanes of traffic and crashed into a crowd of cars waiting at a traffic light in the westbound lanes of Main Street.

Farmington police Sgt. Dave Monfils said the truck struck two vehicles, a navy car and a red SUV, driving between them before coming to a rest at the intersection of Main Street and Blake Road.

Local police and emergency crews respond to a five-car wreck on Wednesday near the intersection of Murray Drive and Main Street in Farmington.
Local police and emergency crews respond to a five-car wreck on Wednesday near the intersection of Murray Drive and Main Street in Farmington. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)

When the red SUV was hit, it flipped around to face west, hitting a blue car in the next lane. After being hit by the red SUV, the blue car was pushed into a silver car in the next lane, Monfils said.

The female driver of the truck was extracted from her vehicle and taken by ambulance to San Juan Regional Medical Center for unknown injuries, Monfils said.

She is being investigated for possibly driving while intoxicated, Monfils said. An open container of alcohol was found in the truck, he said.

Westbound traffic on Main Street was diverted onto Hicks Avenue while eastbound traffic was diverted onto Murray Drive.

Farmington police and New Mexico State Police officers, as well as the San Juan County Sheriff's Office and crews from the Farmington Fire Department responded to the collision.

Monfils said the rear passenger tire of the red truck was destroyed because the driver left her foot on the gas pedal.

"The red truck stops at the corner of Blake (Road), but the driver is still on the accelerator, so far on the accelerator that it burns up the right, rear tire and put about a three-inch hole in the ground," Monfils said.

Joshua Kellogg covers education forThe Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4527 and jkellogg@daily-times.com. Follow him @jkelloggdt on Twitter.