Two Fatally Injured after Gallup Wrong-Way Accident on 40 Freeway
GALLUP, NM (June 9, 2020) — Two people died following a police pursuit wrong-way car accident on 40 Freeway in Gallup on Friday, June 5.
Gallup police rushed to the Redwood Lodge Friday about two men brandishing a firearm in a white Dodge truck.
When police arrived at the scene, they found the subjects in the truck. The subjects drove around police patrol vehicles, nearly striking one, then fled on NM State Road 118.
As officers were in pursuit, they saw the truck turning its headlights on and off while driving in opposing lane traffic. The subjects then traveled eastbound into 40 Freeway. A subject was seen throwing things from the bed of the truck at police officers.
After around six miles, the truck crossed the median and moved to travel eastbound in the westbound lanes. A Gallup police supervisor ended the pursuit.
A State Police sergeant parked near mile marker 26 observed the truck moving in the wrong lanes. The sergeant fired at least one shot from his department issues shotgun at the white Dodge truck.
The truck continued to move eastbound until it crashed into a commercial motor vehicle in a head-on crash. The impact threw off both driver and passenger from the truck and they died at the scene.
State Police stated that the driver and passenger of the commercial motor vehicle were not hurt.
The names of the suspects in the white Dodge was not yet available.
In light of this heavy news, our firm would like to express our sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased.
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