2 dead in head-on collision in Lea County, New Mexico - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2 dead in head-on collision in Lea County, New Mexico

(Source: New Mexico State Police) (Source: New Mexico State Police)

New Mexico State Police investigated a commercial motor vehicle fatal crash which occurred on NM State Road 128 at mile marker 47, northwest of Jal, New Mexico around 10 a.m. Sunday.

The initial investigation indicated a semi-tractor trailer was traveling eastbound at what appeared to be a high rate of speed on State Road 128 and encountered a second semi-tractor trailer traveling eastbound which had slowed in the roadway in order to make a right-hand turn. 

Semi-tractor trailer #1, attempting to avoid colliding into the rear of the second semi-tractor trailer, entered the opposite westbound lane of travel, and collided head-on with a third semi-tractor trailer traveling westbound. 

The collision caused both semi-tractor trailers #1 and #3 to become engulfed in flames and the drivers sustained fatal injuries. 

Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene.  The driver of semi #1 is identified as David Elvis Holt, 62, of Bastrop, TX. 

The driver of semi #3 is identified as Ever Menchaca, 40, of Hobbs, NM.  The driver of the second semi was uninjured. 

Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in this crash.  This crash remains under investigation.  

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