ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Traffic was backed up for miles during the morning commute because of a pedestrian crash that shut down I-25.
I-25 northbound just reopened about an hour ago. It was shut down for five hours from San Mateo to Paseo del Norte.
The whole thing started at around 5:30 a.m. when police started getting calls about a body on I-25 near the San Mateo exit.
Some callers reported hitting what they thought was a dead animal in the road, but police say it was actually a man in his 20s. They say the man was hit multiple times by cars. They think he may have been walking on the highway, but they’re not positive of the circumstances right now.
”It’s being investigated right now as a pedestrian accident, however we’re examining all possibilities,” said Officer Tannier Tixier. “There’s some evidence on scene that’s a little concerning, so we’re going to make sure we’re investigating everything thoroughly.”
The investigation created a huge traffic jam during rush hour, and for many cars, the traffic wasn’t flowing at all; they were just stopped. Drivers were pulling all kinds of stunts to get off the highway, even going the wrong way on I-25.
Police aren’t releasing the victim’s name right now because they’re trying to contact his family. They said it’s a possibility the drivers who hit him could face charges.
Police say despite some of the wild driving tactics people were using to get around the closure, they only had one report of a minor accident in the area.
#Albuquerque- I-25 NB between San Mateo Blvd and Paseo Del Norte has been REOPENED. Earlier accident has been cleared.—
TTN Albuquerque (@TotalTrafficABQ) December 12, 2014