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Couple hospitalized after semi strikes van in Clovis

Clovis emergency personnel responded to an accident at 2100 East Mabry Drive Monday that left one man reportedly in serious injured and a woman hospitalized. (Photo Courtesy: Keith Ingram)

Clovis emergency personnel responded to an accident at 2100 East Mabry Drive Monday that left one man reportedly in serious condition and a woman hospitalized.

According to officials, the Clovis Police Department and Clovis Fire and Emergency Medical Services were called to the traffic incident involving a semi and a van at about 12:55 p.m. Emergency personnel found the van off the road in a ditch next to the Pilot truck stop. The semi-truck tractor was partially off the roadway, jack-knifed with the front end having extensive damage.

The travel trailer the van was pulling was over turned on its side in the west bound lanes of traffic on East Mabry, with debris from the trailer on both sides of the road. Mabry was shut down between Humphrey Road and Sugar Beat Road, due to the amount of debris.

Air ambulances were requested by Clovis Emergency Services for both passengers of the van. The male driver of the van was identified as Jeffrey Jones, 64, of Diamond Springs, California and the female passenger was identified as Barbara Jones, 61, also of Diamond Springs.

A landing zone was set up in front of the Pilot truck stop and Jeffrey Jones was transported to University Medical Center in Lubbock with serious injuries. Barbara Jones was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center-Clovis and then was taken by Care Flight to UMC. This morning, Jeffrey Jones is reported to be in serious condition by UMC doctors and Barbara Jones is listed in stable condition.

The semi-truck driver, identified as Randy Strickler, 64, was not injured and was check by emergency responders.

Information from witnesses given to investigators indicates that the semi was west bound on Mabry approaching the Pilot truck center. Another semi was coming out of the Pilot center turning east. Jeffrey Jones was headed east bound and was about to turn into the Pilot truck stop.

After the semi turning east got onto the highway, the van was coming across the west bound lanes and did not see the semi traveling west. The semi struck the van on the passenger side, sending it into the ditch.

The van sustained heavy damage to the passenger side, with the semi having front end damage and a hydraulic tank ripped open in the collision. New Mexico State Police was contacted to have a Commercial Motor Vehicle inspector respond, along with an Emergency Response Hazardous Materials Officer, due to the amount of fuel on the road.

U.S. Highway 60/84 was closed between Sugar Beat and Humphrey for about three hours during the CPD Major Crash Team's investigation and the roadway being cleared of debris. City of Clovis Road Department and New Mexico Highway Department personnel assisted with the cleaning of debris and fuel from the accident.

The investigation of this accident remains ongoing.

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