NM sheriff's sergeant struck on snowy highway

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm •  Published: December 5, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A storm system swept through parts of New Mexico on Thursday and dumped up to 6 inches of snow across the state, closing some schools and causing dangerous driving conditions and crashes, including one that critically injured a sheriff's sergeant.

New Mexico State Police said Sandoval County sheriff's Sgt. Robert Baron, 47, was transported to University of New Mexico Hospital after he was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic on Interstate 25 near the San Felipe Pueblo.

Baron was listed in critical condition Thursday evening. Sheriff Doug Wood and other members of the force were standing vigil with Baron's wife and 10-year-old son as the sergeant remained in a medically induced coma.

The moderate snowfall overnight struck I-25 near Raton in northern New Mexico, resulting in a warning to drivers from the state Department of Transportation.

Several crashes were reported on I-40 east of Albuquerque due to weather, and the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department discouraged motorists from traveling in the area.

National Weather Service forecasters said snowfall accumulations in some areas could reach 6 to 8 inches. Torrance County and north toward Las Vegas were expected to be the hardest-hit areas.

The weather forced school closures in Santa Fe and in Albuquerque's eastern mountains. Schools in other municipalities, like Las Vegas, N.M., opted for a two-hour delay.

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