I-25 crash delays commuter trains, snarls traffic

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Photo: An armored car lost control Monday on Interstate 25 near La Cienega and rolled across the Rail Runner tracks.

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ABQSFROSLCLA

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Why isn't the state police out there monitoring vehicle speed? It's common to see individuals driving 90 MPH out on that stretch of I-25.
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We happened to be returning from a vacation today and got caught in the traffic because of the accident. The photos don't capture the full extent of the damage. We surely thought that someone had lost their life but are so happy to learn otherwise. May GOD bless them and their families in their journey to heal!
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Jun 23, 2009
 
Stephanie wrote:
We happened to be returning from a vacation today and got caught in the traffic because of the accident. The photos don't capture the full extent of the damage. We surely thought that someone had lost their life but are so happy to learn otherwise. May GOD bless them and their families in their journey to heal!
Up Date: The man in the armor truck did die!
Sean

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I was also stuck in traffic because idiots were rubbernecking. This almost caused secondary crashes. For those rubbernecking offenders, knock it off!
More Patrols

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I too would like to see more patrols on I-25. The speeding has gotten way out of hand and is extremely dangerous. The State Police are underfunded but that can't be the entire reason why there are so few officers on the road these last years.

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Domestic Violence, Burglaries, Arson, Murders, lost Hikers, Missing Persons.

These are just a few of the things the State police are tied up with, which do you want to let go so that they can spend more time patrolling the roads? Then you have the fact that they are expected to spend numerous hours in court in order to make the tickets they write mean something there is more time they canít be on the roads.
Well

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Brinks Basher wrote:
Serves those Brinks employees right. Those drivers think they own the road. Several times I've encoutered them in parking lot's, businesses, and on Cerrillos road driving like maniacs. They have no respect for other drivers and will cut you off, take up more space in parking areas, and speed everywhere. I wonder how fast they were going on I-25? Do they service their vehicles on a timely manner? Worn tires from speeding on turns? I think most of you would agree. Possible Mobile cops attitude?
The Brink's truck blew a tire. One of the guys died. Get rid of your anger.
Khal Spencer

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Lot of unproven assumptions here. The truck blew a tire. That's all we know so far. Anyone reading this who has even lost a tire at highway speeds knows how much fun that can be. Esp. those of you who drive high center of gravity vehicles, which is one reason I dread driving my Exploder at high freeway speeds.

Uhh, Truett, we kill about as many people on the roads as we murder. Not casting any aspersions on the Brinks guys, but its about time we took traffic scofflaws seriously.
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Serves those Brinks employees right. Those drivers think they own the road. Several times I've encoutered them in parking lot's, businesses, and on Cerrillos road driving like maniacs. They have no respect for other drivers and will cut you off, take up more space in parking areas, and speed everywhere. I wonder how fast they were going on I-25? Do they service their vehicles on a timely manner? Worn tires from speeding on turns? I think most of you would agree. Possible Mobile cops attitude?
I can't believe you're so callous and have so little compassion for your fellow man! Someone died in that crash! A man with a wife and small children! How dare you to act like such an uncaring jerk! I'm sure that you're guilty of cutting someone off a time or two and doing the same things that you accuse these drivers of.
Bing

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Jun 23, 2009
 
It is called the internet.
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<quoted text> I can't believe you're so callous and have so little compassion for your fellow man! Someone died in that crash! A man with a wife and small children! How dare you to act like such an uncaring jerk! I'm sure that you're guilty of cutting someone off a time or two and doing the same things that you accuse these drivers of.
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TruettCollins wrote:
Domestic Violence, Burglaries, Arson, Murders, lost Hikers, Missing Persons.
These are just a few of the things the State police are tied up with, which do you want to let go so that they can spend more time patrolling the roads? Then you have the fact that they are expected to spend numerous hours in court in order to make the tickets they write mean something there is more time they canít be on the roads.
and uneccessary calls too! I know that 2-3 nutsy people here in Madrd have made over 300 call complaints last year that the police have to respond to without a single arrest or ticket...I think they should get a ticket!
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The accident involving the Brink's armored car was a tragedy and could have been worst had a Rail Runner train been involved. That said, an ancilliary tragedy was the total failure of law enforcement to control, facilitate, and redirect traffic (particularly the northern flow.) A single traffic officer at the point where the NM National Guard frontage road reconnects to the new I-25 on-ramp would have solved much of the traffic backup.
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Serves those Brinks employees right. Those drivers think they own the road. Several times I've encoutered them in parking lot's, businesses, and on Cerrillos road driving like maniacs. They have no respect for other drivers and will cut you off, take up more space in parking areas, and speed everywhere. I wonder how fast they were going on I-25? Do they service their vehicles on a timely manner? Worn tires from speeding on turns? I think most of you would agree. Possible Mobile cops attitude?
It is a shame people don't feel for other people's families, a man with four kids lost his life in that Brink's truck!
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Bet they were Texting!!!
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Jun 23, 2009
 
Seriously, how can you say that. "It serves them right." Have some compassion. Dictionary.com will define that word for you.
Real people

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Jun 23, 2009
 
Brinks Basher wrote:
Serves those Brinks employees right. Those drivers think they own the road. Several times I've encoutered them in parking lot's, businesses, and on Cerrillos road driving like maniacs. They have no respect for other drivers and will cut you off, take up more space in parking areas, and speed everywhere. I wonder how fast they were going on I-25? Do they service their vehicles on a timely manner? Worn tires from speeding on turns? I think most of you would agree. Possible Mobile cops attitude?
Brinks is a wonderful organization and for you to bash them when an employee dies is cruel. I bet you drive like you own the road.
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Jun 23, 2009
 
Brinks Basher wrote:
Serves those Brinks employees right. Those drivers think they own the road. Several times I've encoutered them in parking lot's, businesses, and on Cerrillos road driving like maniacs. They have no respect for other drivers and will cut you off, take up more space in parking areas, and speed everywhere. I wonder how fast they were going on I-25? Do they service their vehicles on a timely manner? Worn tires from speeding on turns? I think most of you would agree. Possible Mobile cops attitude?
This still does not mean someone should die. Your comments should be yelled into a firepit instead of being printed. I saw the accident after it happened. It was horrible, just horrible. No, the photo in the paper did not do it justice. I figured there had been a death when I saw the mangled front of the car. By the way, we were going very, very slow, with lines of cars ahead of us, so could look over. Otherwise, I agree with rubbernecking.
I also believe that for once, there wasn't just rubbernecking going on. There was a policeman in the middle of the road, having people go slow. There were swarms of police and fire trucks everywhere. Cars with lights and sirens where weaving in and out of traffic, using shoulder lanes. There was no possible way for anyone to go fast.

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"There were no signs that the armored car was speeding or that the driver was intoxicated, he said. No money came out of the armored car during the crash, Garcia said."

WHAT??? Nobody was drunk or speeding??? Well who the hell are we supposed to BLAME?? Bush.
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The statement: "Traffic in the I-25 southbound lanes was backed up for about six miles Monday evening, though the snarl was caused by gawking drivers and not because police blocked traffic lanes" is incorrect. The Santa Fe County Sheriff's office blocked the lanes at the La Cienega exit.

The only gawking that was done was by one SCSO's officers acting wholly unprofessional by yelling at drivers as cars merged to the off ramp.
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Serves them right? A man died. Let us pray.

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