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Las Vegas man dies in accident

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By David Giuliani

A 76-year-old man from Las Vegas was killed when he lost control of his pickup truck, slid across Interstate 25 and collided with a semi-truck near Santa Fe last week, an official said this morning.

Joe Armijo, who taken to St. Vincent Hospital, was pronounced dead shortly after the accident, which occurred at 8:15 a.m. Friday, said Capt. Robert Riggs of the San Fe County Sheriff’s Department.

Officials said Armijo’s pickup crossed the median near the I-25 interchange with Old Pecos Trail, hitting the semitruck. The semitruck driver wasn’t hurt but was shaken up a bit, Riggs said.

Authorities closed the interstate’s northbound lanes for about six hours after the crash, diverting traffic onto Old Las Vegas Highway.

At first, investigators weren’t sure if Riggs has suffered a medical problem such as a stroke or heart attack or if weather had caused the accident, Riggs said. But after an autopsy, they determined that Armijo hadn’t suffered any medical problems just before the crash, Riggs said.

Authorities said the accident happened on an icy portion of the highway. It had snowed that night.