McKinley County–On Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11:07 a.m.; State Police responded to a Cortez propane truck crash located on State Road 122, mile post 22, in McKinley county. The driver of the propane truck was arrested by State Police for DWI.
The driver of the truck was identified as Bobby Cleveland (55) of Prewitt, NM. Based on the investigation of officers on scene, it appears as if Cleveland was traveling on SR 122 at a fast rate of speed and lost control of the truck. The truck was filled with propane at the time. Upon crashing, the tank sustained a small leak.
This resulted in Interstate 40, both east and west directions, being shut down for an hour while a hazmat officer evaluated the scene. SR 122 as well as the Burlington Northern Santa Fe train tracks were shut down to locomotive traffic.
Officers also noticed empty containers of alcoholic beverage at the crash scene. A DWI investigation was conducted and Cleveland was arrested for DWI. He was also charged with careless driving and open container.
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Contact: Sergeant Emmanuel Gutierrez