Witnesses immediately took to 911 Monday afternoon to report what no one ever wants to see on N.M. 502, a car plummeting over the edge of the road into Pueblo Canyon.
Within minutes, police, fire and county officials were on the scene of the accident, about a half a mile west of Anderson Overlook. A few minutes after that, both ends of NM 502 were blocked off, starting at the “Y” intersection at the bottom.
The road was closed at the top just before the Los Alamos animal shelter in an effort to create a makeshift landing pad for the CareFlight helicopters that were already on their way.
Traffic heading down the hill was diverted without incident, but some people had to pull over for alternative directions out of town from either the police manning the scene or employees from the cluster of businesses located near the animal shelter. That put pressure on the Truck Route.