Roosevelt sheriff’s deputy unhurt in crash

CMI staff

A Roosevelt County sheriff’s deputy was uninjured after the work vehicle she was driving was hit by a train Wednesday morning south of Portales, according to Chief Deputy Malin Parker.

Parker said deputy Amber Parker was crossing the tracks at Roosevelt Road U and U.S. 70 about 8:30 when a southbound train struck the back end of the sheriff’s office vehicle.

Parker said the deputy, who refused medical treatment, returned to work later in the day. He did not have an estimate of the damage to the vehicle.

According to Parker:

• The vehicle was spun around by the impact. The conductor estimated the speed of the train at 40 mph to 45 mph.

• The New Mexico State Police, who were conducting the investigation, cited Amber Parker for a moving violation. Vehicles are required to stop all railroad intersections that do not have crossing guards.

• Sheriff’s office policy required Amber Parker, who’s been with the department about four months, to undergo drug and alcohol screening after the accident. He said the deputy passed the alcohol test and the drug test was sent off for testing.

• Amber Parker said she didn’t see the train.

New Mexico State Police spokesman Jimmy Glascock said Wednesday night he did not have access to the incident report.