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When there’s ice or snow, drive slow

December 10, 2013 • Local News

On Saturday, the New Mexico Highway Department closed Hwy. 285 between Roswell and Vaughn. Buddy Dickman of Remco Towing said his company was on call in Chaves County.

“We had three trucks running and between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., we towed 11 vehicles — 10 from 285 North and one from 70.”

He spoke of two rollovers that occurred. The second narrowly missed hitting Dickman as he was attempting to right the first vehicle.

“We had to get three women out of the pickup (the second vehicle) while the motor was still running. That is a dangerous situation.”

Dickman could not say how many people had run off the side of the road into a ditch. The conditions were among the worst — a sheet of ice across the highway, combined with freezing rain and fog.

Even after Hwy. 285 was closed, law enforcement had to continue making trips into the area to help stranded motorists. Dickman said the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office was out in force.

“There are not enough numbers for officers to Login to read more

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