Local Roundup: Train strikes flatbed trailer

CNJ staff

An eastbound train struck a flatbed trailer at the intersection of U.S. 84 and the New Mexico/Texas state line Friday night, police said.
Emily Patterson of the Farwell Police Department said the accident occurred at 10:20 p.m. CST. The driver of a commercial pickup truck pulling a 35- to 40-foot trailer carrying heavy machinery stopped at the tracks because the barrier arms were down. He saw a parked train and decided to try to go around the arms, thinking they were malfunctioning, Patterson said.
The driver, who was westbound, got stuck on the tracks because of snow and ice and was attempting to pull away when his passenger saw a train coming. The train struck the trailer, damaging it, Patterson said. Two lights on the train were damaged, she said, and no one was injured.
The driver will be cited for disregarding a railroad crossing signal, Patterson said. She added that visibility is limited at the intersection.

Blue Cross users get new options
Members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) can again use Covenant Medical Group Physicians and Joe Arrington Cancer Center Physicians in the Lubbock, Texas, area due to a recent agreement between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Covenant Health System.
The agreement means that BCBSNM PPO members will be able to see CMG physicians as in-network physicians. New Mexico members have previously had access to CMG physicians practicing in New Mexico and to Covenant Hospitals and Covenant Rural Health Clinics, but with the renewing agreement, New Mexico Blue Cross members can utilize the services of Texas-based CMG physicians as well.
The agreement became effective as of Dec. 1.

— CNJ staff