CUBA, N.M. (KRQE) - A car smashed into a semi-truck on Highway 5-50 early Friday morning, killing one man and sending a woman to the hospital.
The sheriff's office is still investigating, but they say it appears the crash was caused by poor visibility.
It happened on Highway 5-50 about 16 miles north of Cuba a little before 6 o’clock Friday morning.
The sheriff's office say a semi-truck had just exited a rest area.
It was heading south on 5-50 and was slowly gaining speed as it drove over a hill.
Investigators say a woman from Farmington drove her car over the hill and drove straight into the back of the semi-truck.
The sheriff's office is investigating if speed was a factor.
They say a male passenger in that car, who is also from Farmington, died on scene.
The female driver was air-lifted to a hospital.
Investigators say her injuries are not considered life-threatening and that she is expected to survive.
The sheriff's office has not released names yet and says typically in hilly areas there are signs that warn drivers of limited visibility.
They say they're not sure if those signs are in place near the crash area.
Highway 5-50 is down to one lane each way as investigators wait for the office of the medical investigator to conduct its investigation.
The sheriff's office says they expect the crash to be cleared early Friday afternoon.
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