Two single-car crashes within seconds of each other caused a major traffic jam Thursday night on N.M. State Road 4, heading eastbound near Mile Marker 7.
“Technically, it was two single-vehicle crashes,” said Lieutenant Joe McLaughlin of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department. “But it was one accident.”
The first vehicle to crash, a 2006 Pontiac, was driven by Alex Velarde, 55, of Santa Fe.
“He hit some standing water, hit the guard rail on the right side and crossed over the center and hit the jersey barrier,” McLaughlin said.
McLaughlin said Velarde was transported to Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe with unspecified injuries, but he believed they were not serious.