One woman is dead and six children are injured after a bad crash in Eastern New Mexico.
New Mexico State Police say the crash took place on U.S. 70 on Thursday in Portales. According to Troopers, a semi-truck was stopped for a train that was passing prior to the crash. Authorities say the semi attempted to turn eastbound onto U.S. 70 and ended up crossing into westbound lanes of traffic. This caused part of the trailer to go into the direct path of a Dodge Caravan. As the Caravan neared the intersection where the semi was turning, the two vehicles collided with catastrophic results.
The Caravan was carrying two adults and six children. The passenger of the Caravan was identified as 51-year-old Norma Sanchez. Unfortunately, the crash occurred on her side of the car giving her fatal wounds. Paramedics rushed to the scene but sadly, Norma Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene. Luckily, the driver and passenger all escaped with their lives and non-life threatening injuries. The driver and all six kids were transported to the hospital to be checked out. They were treated and released in a short time.
At this time, New Mexico State Police are looking into the crash and so far have not determined a crash. Since this crash resulted in a fatality, it will likely take a few weeks before all of the evidence is processed. We will update the story as information is released.
We offer our condolences to the family of the slain victim. We hope their family can heal in a timely manner.
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