Area fire chief killed in I-25 rollover

Posted: July 23, 2012 in Uncategorized
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From the New Mexico State Police on Monday afternoon (and HERE from The Associated Press earlier this morning) :

Sandoval County Fire Chief Killed in Roll-Over Crash on I-25

SANDOVAL COUNTY — At approximately 8:45 a.m. this morning, State Police Officers responded to the scene of a two vehicle crash, on I-25 approximately 3 miles south of the Bernalillo exit.

Officers arrived on scene and found a gray 2004 Cadillac on the northbound shoulder of the I-25 northbound lanes. Debris was scattered across I-25 northbound lanes to the southbound lanes, where a marked Sandoval County Fire Department Ford SUV was found on its top in the left hand passing lane of southbound I-25.

Preliminary investigation determined that both vehicle’s had been traveling northbound on I-25, when the crash occurred. The vehicle’s came into to contact with each other in the northbound lanes for an undetermined reason, causing the driver’s to lose control.

The driver of the marked Ford SUV, located in the southbound lane was identified as John Tibbits (59) of Albuquerque. Tibbits, who was the current Sandoval County Fire Chief succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the Cadillac was taken to a local Albuquerque hospital with minor injuries.

The crash investigation will continue to determine the cause and any enforcement.

  1. I knew John, and was his fiddle teacher for quite some time. I’m very sad to hear that this happened. I’ll be lighting a candle for him today.

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