An accident in southeastern New Mexico left two truck drivers dead after their rigs collided head-on and caught on fire.
According to the New Mexico State Police, the accident occurred on Sunday, September 4 on State Road 128 near Jal, New Mexico when one of the trucks crossed the center line to avoid hitting a third truck that had slowed for a turn, the Brownsville Herald reported.
The semi-truck attempting to pass the slow vehicle, driven by David Elvis Holt, collided head-on with a second rig that was driving westbound. The vehicles quickly caught fire after the collision.
Police identified the victims as the drivers of the two trucks: David Elvis Holt, 62, of Bastrop, Texas, and Ever Menchaca, 40, of Hobbs, New Mexico. The driver of the second semi-truck was not injured.
According to NMSP Sgt. Elizabeth Armijo, it does not appear that alcohol was a factor in the accident, but it seems the first truck was driving at a high speed.
This accident was one of six accidents that killed seven people over the Labor Day weekend in New Mexico. Also that weekend, a 59-year-old man from Santa Fe was killed in a motorcycle accident, a Louisiana man was killed in an off-road vehicle accident, two motorcyclists from Gallup were killed in San Juan County after failing to stop at a stop sign, and a Texas woman was killed near Fort Sumner when she drove into the path of a BNSF Railroad train.
Truck accidents account for a disproportionate amount of traffic accidents in New Mexico and these accidents often lead to serious injuries and fatalities. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a truck accident in New Mexico, an Albuquerque personal injury attorney can help you build a case and seek fair compensation from the responsible party or parties. Contact Will Ferguson & Associates today for a free consultation with an Albuquerque injury attorney to discuss your case.