Wrong-way driver killed in fiery crash

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A man is dead after a fiery wrong-way crash on I-25 overnight.

State police say he hit a semi-truck head on, leaving behind a big mess that shut down parts of the interstate.

Officials have identified the man killed in the crash as 30-year-old Gilbert Garcia from Albuquerque.

State police say the crash happened a little after 3 o’clock Tuesday morning, just south of Bernardo in Socorro County.

The driver of the pickup truck, Garcia, was traveling south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 25 when his car smashed into a semi-truck head-on.

Both trucks caught fire. Wrong-way driver killed in fiery crash

State police say Garcia died at the scene and the driver of the semi had only minor injuries – but was taken to the hospital.

The crash left behind quite a mess, state police say that made cleanup and collecting evidence a challenge.

“Both vehicles were in flames and obviously when you have two vehicles traveling at decent speed and colliding head on it makes for a mess and makes for a scene that needs to be, all the evidence needs to be gathered at the scene because of the nature of the crash,” Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said.

State police say it is too early to tell if Garcia was drunk and are waiting on toxicology results.

According to online court records, Garcia was charged with DWI last July.

It could take weeks until state police get those toxicology results.

All lanes of I-25 re-opened a little after 7 a.m.

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