Fatal Crash in Cibola County, NM

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Cibola County, NM – On October 10, 2023, at around 1:15 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash involving a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) on Interstate 40 east of Grants, NM.

 The initial investigation indicated that a 2012 CMV, driven by Abuali Salah (55) of Palos Hills, IL was traveling eastbound on Interstate 40 near mile marker 90. For reasons still under investigation, the CMV left the roadway, and rolled over onto its side and came to a rest. Mr. Salah was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

 A 35-year-old male passenger in the CMV was flown to an area hospital. Their condition is unknown.

 Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor in this crash.

 This crash is being investigated by the New Mexico State Police.