One fatality reported in vehicle crash on New Mexico Highway 371

Noel Lyn Smith
Farmington Daily Times

BURNHAM — New Mexico Highway 371 has reopened after a fatal crash closed 14 miles of the roadway for hours on June 21.

The closure was lifted at about 5 p.m. after the crash scene was cleared, a New Mexico Department of Transportation spokesperson told the Daily Times.

One person was killed in the head-on crash involving a passenger vehicle and a truck that happened during the early morning of June 21, according to the Navajo Police Department.

Lavina Willie, the department's acting spokesperson, said the crash happened at about 6:30 a.m. near mile marker 90.5 on the highway.

That section of the highway runs through the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry.

Willie said the accident remains under investigation. She could not be reached for an update late afternoon of June 21.

The San Juan County Office of Emergency Management in a post on its Facebook page described one of the vehicles involved as "a propane truck" and said that crews from San Juan County Fire & Rescue were among those who responded to the scene.

New Mexico Highway 371 was closed at Navajo Route 5 on June 21 because of a vehicle crash that happened near mile marker 90.5 on highway 371.

The crash caused the closure of the highway from mile marker 85 to mile marker 99, according to the state Department of Transportation.

In the area where Navajo Route 5 meets highway 371, the Daily Times saw personnel from the transportation department informing motorists about the closure and diverting traffic to either westbound Navajo Route 5 or to southbound highway 371.

Personnel from the New Mexico Department of Transportation walks from a semi-truck after telling the driver that New Mexico Highway 371 was closed because of an accident near mile marker 90.5 on June 21.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at nsmith@daily-times.com.

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