Updated: June 8 at 10:30 a.m.
The Taos County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday night (June 7) that a man has died after a cement truck rolled over on NM-75 near Peñasco and Vadito.
Around 2:20 p.m. Monday, sheriff's deputies, Peñasco Fire Department and Taos County EMS arrived near mile marker 18 to find a Peterbilt cement truck flipped on its side.
After an on scene investigation, it was determined that the truck was heading west on NM-75 when its front right tire blew out. According to a statement from the Taos County Sheriff's Office, "the driver attempted to keep the [loaded] truck on the roadway but it veered to right, up an embankment, and rolled onto the drivers side."
The driver of the truck, identified as 61-year-old Mark Litsey of Tres Piedras, died as a result of his injuries sustained during the crash. Excessive speed and intoxication were ruled out, and the driver was wearing a seat belt.
“This truly fits the definition of ‘accident’ when the driver didn’t do anything wrong,” said Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe.
Traffic was backed up as a result of the accident, and Hogrefe said it took multiple personnel several hours to clear the roadway.