EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER PARTIALLY ACTIVATED AS A PRECAUTION

EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER PARTIALLY ACTIVATED AS A PRECAUTION

The Doña Ana County Emergency Operation Center was partially activated at 4:40 p.m. today at the request of the New Mexico State Police, who are handling an overturned truck accident on Interstate 10 west of Las Cruces.

The truck reportedly was carrying flammable liquids, flammable gases and explosives. Two people in the truck at the time of the accident suffered minor injuries and have been transported away from the scene. No explosions have occurred.

State Police have closed I-10 in both directions around the accident site. The closures are expected to last several hours. State Police also are handling another serious accident on I-10, but no hazardous situations are evident at that site.

The partial activation of the Emergency Operations Center brings together decision-makers from area law enforcement, government agencies, emergency providers and community organizations, all of whom can assist in coordinating field activities and media requests in the event of an emergency that might require full activation.

At this time, all command functions are being coordinated by the State Police and the Doña Ana County Fire Marshal’s Office at the accident site, and media contacts are being handled exclusively by the New Mexico State Police Public Information Office. In the event that the EOC is fully activated, those functions will transfer to the Emergency Operations Center.

In the event that the EOC is fully activated, the media will be notified.