New Mexico MTO officer suffers heart attack responding to semi-crash on I-10

NM MTO Officer Robert Potter
New Mexico MTO Officer Robert Potter has died as a result of a heart attack suffered while responding to a two truck accident on I-10 last week in Vado NM. Potter, 41, was one of “the good guys” A
New Mexico Motor Transportation Officer Robert Potter,suffered a heart attack while responding to a commercial vehicle accident Wednesday, later passed away at a local area hospital.

Potter, 41, suffered a heart attack after he responded to an accident involving two semi-truck trailers on Interstate 10 at the Vado exit, that left watermelons and chile peppers scattered across the road. Officials said Potter rendered life-saving actions to the occupants of the semi-trucks.

Officials describe Potter as a proud veteran of the Armed Forces and a seven-year veteran of the department, and he was a friend to many officers in the department, throughout the Department of Public Safety and the State of New Mexico.

On a more personal note, I’ve had contact with this officer in the past. He was always professional, courteous and friendly with me and was a pleasure to speak with and be around. He was one of the “good guys”.

The accident which caused the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 to be closed for several hours on Wednesday in Vado NM is still being investigated. One of the drivers was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries, according to emergency response teams.