Four crashes reported during brief period of snowfall


FARMINGTON —  Drivers faced intermittent road closures on U.S. Highway 550 near Lybrook Elementary School on Thursday after a semitrailer carrying 8,000 gallons of gasoline rolled over near the highway's 100 mile marker.

The crash, which occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m., spilled hundreds of gallons of gasoline onto the roadway, according to New Mexico State Police Lt. Micah Doering.

The crash was one of four reported between 8 and 9 a.m. Thursday, when snow flurries limited visibility in the region, according to the San Juan County Communications Authority.

San Juan County Fire Department Chief Craig Daugherty said firefighters from District 1 responded at 8:10 a.m. to reports of a truck rollover on APS Road near Navajo Route 367 in Nenahnezad.

Daugherty said firefighters spent most of the day at the site of the crash, which was investigated by the Shiprock Police Department.

Shiprock police Lt. Phillip Joe could not be reached for comment on the crash.

A total of 0.40 inches of precipitation was recorded in Farmington on Wednesday and Thursday, said Troy Marshall, a meteorological technician for the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

Less than an inch of snow was reported Thursday morning 10 miles north of Farmington and nine miles northeast of Aztec, Marshall said.

The community of Toadlena, at the base of the Ch’ooshagi Mountains, reported 5 inches of snow early Wednesday evening, he said.

As of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the rain and snow was in Union County in northeast New Mexico and was moving into Texas.

“This system is moving to the east,” Marshall said.

The high temperature for Friday in Farmington is forecast for 51 degrees and mostly sunny, he added.

Reporters Hannah Grover and Noel Lyn Smith contributed to this story.

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

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