Crash victim placed on ventilator

By Jack King

A Clovis man who rammed his truck into a train just off of U.S. Highway 60-84 Monday was listed in critical condition and has been placed on a ventilator at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, a hospital spokesman said Tuesday.
Derek Glidewell, 41, had been listed in undetermined condition at Covenant Hospital on Monday, after being flown there from Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis following the accident.
The Covenant Hospital spokesman, a floor supervisor who declined to give his name, said any patient who is put on a life-support system must be listed as critical under hospital rules. He said he could provide no more information about Glidewell’s condition.
Glidewell was westbound on U.S. 60-84 at 9 a.m. Monday when his truck left its lane near mile marker 392, crossed the median and the highway’s eastbound lanes, crossed the soft shoulder on the highway’s north side, went through a fence and struck an unmoving train on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks, said New Mexico State Police Lt. Rick Durham.
Durham said Monday the incident was still under investigation and a cause had not been determined.