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State Police investigate three fatal crashes

State Police investigate three fatal crashes

KOB.com Web Staff
April 09, 2018 01:32 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico State Police report three different motor vehicle crashes across the state that caused fatalities.

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Officers are investigating one deadly crash on a highway in southeastern New Mexico. Police say around 4 p.m. Saturday, a semi-truck turned left onto a road off of State Road 128 when a Ford truck failed to stop and rear-ended the semi.

Russell Shaw, 47, of Pecos, Texas, was severely injured and taken to a hospital in Odessa, Texas. Shaw was pronounced dead at the hospital. The driver of the semi was not injured in the crash.

Police say alcohol does not appear to be a factor and the occupants were wearing their seatbelts.  An investigation into what caused the crash is underway.

Alcohol does appear to be a factor in a deadly motorcycle crash in Roswell over the weekend. It happened just before 10 p.m. on Sunday on Zinnia Road near Red Bridge Road.

Police say 52-year-old James Wooddell drove a motorcycle east on Zinnia Road when veered off of the street and crashed. It's not clear why he left the roadway, but Wooddell sustained critical injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The third fatal crash occurred in Hobbs just before 8 a.m. Monday when a northbound Ford F-550 truck crossed the center lane and crashed into a Kentworth semi-truck.

Both vehicles overturned, killing 44-year-old Ector Diaz in the Ford. The semi-truck driver's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor, but police have not determined why Diaz crossed into the southbound traffic.

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