At least one person died after a crash Monday afternoon near the intersection of St. Francis Drive and San Mateo Road.

It was a two-vehicle collision, according to Santa Fe police spokesman Greg Gurulé.

The city sent out a text message at 12:50 p.m. announcing a crash investigation on southbound St. Francis.

Officers were still diverting traffic away from the scene after 3 p.m. A silver crew cab GMC Sierra pickup with front-end damage was in the middle of the intersection facing southbound, while a silver sedan with side damage was off the side of the roadway.

Police did not release any other details about the crash, including the identities of the victims.

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Ana Gallegos y Reinhardt

When a light turns red, you have 3 seconds before it turns green to proceed. People need to just STOP like they are supposed to. Of course, there are the distractions while driving and people run the red light. Also, sundown light going south is with visual difficulty driving on St Francis.

Ana Gallegos y Reinhardt

My apology - it is when a yellow light goes on it has @ 3 seconds before it turns red.

Lawrence Leichtman

I got caught in the middle of all of that yesterday just trying to go from my house to Smiths. Traffic handling was less than ideal. No one was directing people to get off St. Francis. People were randomly exiting St. Francis and tying up small surface roads because they had no idea where they were going. The only traffic management was at Pacheco and San Mateo/5th Street.

Anne Gonzales

The speed limit is too high along this portion of South St. Francis Drive. Despite the numerous driveways, that dangerous intersection at San Mateo, the difficult southbound on-ramp at St. Michaels Drive, and the many serious accidents, the southbound speed limit increases from 35 MPH to 45 MPH at the Wendell Chino building. There is simply too much traffic going too fast along this corridor. The southbound speed limit should remain at 35 MPH until the Siringo Road intersection.

Steven Salemi

It is not a speed issue. It is a running red light issue, and failure to yield issue. Are we going to slow everyone down to a crawl so that we can easily survive crashes? It is the law-breakers that are the problem here, and they will speed, too, as they run red lights and fail to yield.

Barbara Mellers

First of all - it is a speed issue. There is no reason for the speed limit to be 45 in this residential area. I live on this corner and it is dangerous. The person who died yesterday is at least the third one that I know of. Nothing gets done to fix the problem.

Steve Spraitz

At that intersection, it’s usually a red light runner going south, and dome poor soul trying to turn west on San Mateo on a yellow light

I’ve almost been T-Boned several times there and after the second time, I wait for the green arrow so I can turn west there

Marie Morrison

Twice, I have been rear-ended at this intersection while stopped at the red light. Once, I was facing south on St. Francis, and the next time, facing east on San Mateo. It is very sad someone died today, due to the error of a driver.

John Stafford

I always wonder who was at fault. Lots of wrecks seem to happen here. I passed this intersection about a hour earlier. One has to be SO careful. DO NOT IMMEDIATELY ACCELATE WHEN THE LIGHT TURNS GREEN ! COUNT TO FIVE !!!!

Steven Salemi

How about looking before accelerating when the light turns green? Why wait 5 seconds if there are no more cars coming through?

Khal Spencer

Sounds like someone failed to yield.

Steven Salemi

Exactly.

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