Man killed in Nenahnezad semitrailer crash

Steve Garrison
Law enforcement and emergency crews investigate a truck rollover near Navajo Service Road 367 in Nenahnezad on Thursday morning.

FARMINGTON — A 38-year-old Navajo man was killed after his semitrailer overturned Thursday morning on Arizona Public Service Access Road in Nenahnezad.

A motorist told dispatchers at  8:14 a.m. Thursday that the semitrailer was traveling north on APS Road when it left the roadway and drove onto the dirt shoulder, according to a Navajo Police Department press release.

The driver veered back onto the roadway and lost control of the vehicle, which overturned onto a cement retaining wall, the release states.

Navajo police officers Rodney Harrison and Karletta Tso-Tapahonso responded and located the driver within the vehicle, according to the release.  The drive was killed in the accident. Police did not release his name.

Navajo police officers noted in the release that snowy conditions Thursday morning may have contributed to the crash.

Farmington received a total of 0.40 inches of precipitation on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

Firefighters with San Juan County Fire Department Fire District 1 block Navajo Service Road 367 in Nenahnezad on Thursday after a truck rollover was reported in the area.

Another semitrailer crashed at approximately 8:30 a.m. on U.S. Highway 550 near Lybrook Elementary School. The crash caused hundreds of gallons of gasoline to spill onto the roadway and slowed traffic on the highway on Thursday morning.

New Mexico State Police, New Mexico Department of Transportation, San Juan County Sheriff's Office and San Juan County Fire Department assisted the Navajo Police Department's Shiprock District in responding to Thursday's fatal crash in Nenahnezad, according to the press release.

Navajo police Capt. Ivan Tsosie praised the quick response from the law enforcement agencies and San Juan County Fire Department in the press release.

"Shiprock Police District continues to remind all commuters with inclement weather forecasts, we must take that extra effort to slow down and drive safely during our travels as weather conditions become hazardous," the release states.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.