The forest was awash in white and yellow paint.
A white 1998 International flatbed truck, carrying 1,000 gallons of yellow and white road striping paint, was heading eastbound on N.M. 4 near mile marker 49, when it exited the roadway and fell approximately 200 feet before coming to rest in the forest Tuesday morning.
The vehicle driven by Francisco Maes, 51, of Willard, unleashed its colorful cargo on the way down the embankment. Maes suffered injuries that were reported to be serious and was flown by helicopter to Christus St. Vincent in Santa Fe.
A nurse said Wednesday morning Maes was admitted to the hospital. No other information on his condition was available.
The helicopter landed at the intersection of N.M. 4 and West Jemez Road to meet the ambulance that transported Maes from the accident site.
The paint that was spilled will require mitigation and cleanup. The road was closed until approximately 3:45 p.m., and it will need to be closed again in the next few days when larger equipment arrives to clean up the paint and extract the truck from the forest.