UPDATE: U.S. 70 Reopens After Major Las Cruces Crash

Jul 11, 2014

  The two-vehicle crash that intermittently closed a portion of Highway 70 Friday afternoon is believed to have been caused by one of the drivers running a red light.

The crash, reported at around 11:40 a.m. Friday, July 11, sent the 19-year-old driver of a white Toyota Solara to University Medical Center of El Paso. The young man was airlifted and is now listed in stable condition at the hospital.

The 85-year-old female driver of the Chevrolet Traverse was not seriously injured.

Traffic investigators believe the Traverse was headed eastbound on Highway 70 when it struck the Solara that had exited I-25 and was crossing the roadway before proceeding to the westbound lanes of Highway 70. The Solara was struck broadside, on the driver’s side, by the Traverse at the intersection.

The crash forced intermittent closures of the eastbound lanes of traffic while investigators gathered evidence and cleared debris from the roadway.

Traffic investigators are continuing to look into the cause of the crash and no citations have been issued.

Eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic are once again open to traffic though police ask drivers to exercise caution as construction continues along Highway 70 between I-25 and Rinconada Boulevard.

Information from Las Cruces Police