GUADALUPE COUNTY ― At around 2:30 p.m., Dec. 8, New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash involving two tractor-trailers on Interstate 40 around mile post 245 west of Santa Rosa.
The initial investigation indicated a 2015 Peterbilt was traveling east merging onto eastbound Interstate 40 when it was rear-ended by an eastbound 2014 Freightliner. The passenger in the Freightliner, a 62-year-old man of Las Vegas, Nev., was not properly utilizing his seatbelt and sustained fatal injuries in the crash.
The driver of the Freightliner, a 58-year-old male from Chicago, IL received injuries not believed to be life threatening. The driver of the Peterbilt, a 56-year-old man from Tonopah, Ariz., was uninjured.
Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor and seatbelts were not properly used. This crash is still under investigation by the New Mexico State Police.