NM Chief Jon Tibbetts Dies in Car Crash


Bernalillo, NM – Sandoval County Chief Jon Tibbetts was killed in a Monday morning accident on Interstate 25 near the Bernalillo exit at around 8:15 a.m.

Tibbetts was driving north in his fire department vehicle on I-25 when his car slammed into the center barrier and rolled into the southbound lanes. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Sandoval County representative said it was unclear what caused the crash or if any other vehicles were involved.

New Mexico State police are investigating the accident. 

Tibbetts had been the fire chief since 2004. He’s credited with helping the department get new fire stations in Placitas and on the Santa Ana Pueblo.

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