On Monday, April 23, 2018 at approximately 12:55 PM Officers of the Clovis Police Department and Clovis Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel were dispatched to 2100 East Mabry Drive for a traffic accident involving a semi-truck and van. Upon their arrival, emergency personnel found the van off the roadway in the ditch, next to the Pilot truck stop. The semi-truck tractor was partially off the roadway and was jack-knifed with the front end having extensive damage. The van was in the bar ditch with heavy damage to the passenger side of the vehicle and side curtain air bags were deployed. The travel trailer being pulled by the van was over- turned on its side in the west bound lanes of traffic on East Mabry Drive, with debris from the trailer on both sides of the roadway.
Mabry Drive was shut down between Humphrey Road and Sugar Beet Road, due to the amount of debris on the roadway. Clovis Emergency Services Personnel requested air ambulances to be launched for both passengers of the van. The male driver of the van
was identified as Jeffrey Jones, 64 years of age, from Diamond Springs, California. The female passenger was identified as Barbara Jones, 61 years of age, also from Diamond Springs, California. A landing zone was set up in front of the Pilot travel center, with
Aero-Care landing on scene to transport Mr. Jones to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas for further advanced medical treatment. Mrs. Jones was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center-Clovis and was then taken by CareFlight to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. The driver of the semi-truck was identified as Randy Strickler, 64 years of age. Mr. Strickler was not injured and was checked by emergency responders.
Initial information from witnesses given to investigators indicates the semi-truck was west bound on Mabry Drive approaching the Pilot truck center. There was another semi-truck coming out of the Pilot truck stop, turning to go eastbound. The Nissan van, driven by Mr. Jones, was headed eastbound and was going to turn into the Pilot truck stop. The semi-truck turning east had gotten onto the highway; the van was coming across the westbound lanes and did not see the semi-truck which was traveling westbound. The semi-truck struck the van on the passenger side, sending it into the ditch. The van sustained heavy damage to the passenger side, with the semi-truck having front end damage and a hydraulic tank being ripped open due to 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 roadway.
US 60/84 was closed in both directions between Sugar Beet and Humphrey Road for approximately 3 hours, while the Clovis Police Department Major Crash Team conducted their investigation and the roadway was cleared of debris from the accident. City of Clovis Road Department and New Mexico Highway Department personnel
assisted with cleaning up the debris and fuel from the accident.
Information obtained from University Medical Center this morning listed Mr. Jones in serious condition and Mrs. Jones in stable/satisfactory condition.
The investigation into this accident continues and no further information is available at this time.