A Tucumcari woman was killed Saturday morning in a traffic accident on Interstate 40.
State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Catherine Priddy-Bugg, 51, of Tucumcari, died from injuries suffered in a three-vehicle accident on I-40 west of Tucumcari.
Glascock said the accident occurred at 9:03 a.m., at mile marker 323 west of Tucumcari. I-40 was closed more than five hours as state police investigated and cleaned up the wreckage.
Glascock said Bugg was driving a 2001 Ford pickup eastbound on I-40 when she struck a patch of ice and slid into oncoming traffic in the westbound lane. He said Bugg’s pickup was struck by a Kenworth semitruck driven by Jose Frayre, 62, of El Paso, Texas.
“The cab of the pickup was separated from the frame upon impact,” Glascock said.
Glascock said the resulting impact of the initial crash forced the semi to strike a 2008 GMC Envoy driven by Brock Hileman, 19, of La Fayette, Texas, pinning it between the barrier.
“Both Frayre and Hileman were able to get out of their vehicle,” Glascock said. “There were some injuries but none of them appeared to be life threatening.”
Glascock said Bugg was wearing her seatbelt but was thrown from the vehicle. She died at the scene.