Santa Fe County- On Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm (Pacific Time); two NMSP sergeants were returning back to New Mexico from California on Interstate 40 and drove up on a multiple vehicle crash. This crash was due to a large dust storm that swept across I-40. The crash was near Newberry Springs, CA. A total of eight vehicles were involved.
The sergeants were returning from a 40 hour dive helmet rescue/surface supplied air training located in Santa Maria, CA.
Immediately noticing the numerous vehicle crash, the two sergeants jumped into action with the California Highway Patrol and began to assess and triage the injured motorists.
The two sergeants performed CPR on the two most critically injured male motorists. Unfortunately, their sustained efforts weren’t enough to save them. Both subjects passed away on scene.
As a New Mexico State Police Officer, there is a common saying of “you are never off duty.” This can clearly be seen by the immediate actions taken by both sergeants.
Contact: Sergeant Emmanuel Gutierrez