Eastbound I-40 reopened after crash, hazmat incident

LAGUNA, N.M. (KRQE) – Eastbound I-40 at Laguna is now open after a crash led to a hazmat investigation Thursday morning.

According to State Police, officers were dispatched to the crash around 7 a.m after receiving reports that a commercial vehicle had rolled onto its side near mile marker 132.

I-40 was completely shut down because the truck, owned by XPO logistics Freight, was carrying Cesium 137 which is a radioactive material.

Police and a hazardous materials coordinator investigated the incident to make sure that area had not been contaminated. Upon inspection, the Cesium 137 was deemed secure and loaded onto another vehicle for transport.

State Police say the driver of the truck admitted to falling asleep while driving and was cited for careless driving.

The truck was being delivered to Waterflow, New Mexico for industrial use and not for WIPP or any lab, State Police say.