GRANTS, N.M. (KRQE) - A man in the sleeping compartment of a semi-trailer died Saturday when the rig rolled over on Interstate 40 near Grants and struck a guard rail.
New Mexico State Police identified the victim as Gerard Watson, 25, of College Park, Ga., and said he died at the scene.
According the State Police the CRST Transport Service truck was westbound shortly after 6 a.m. when the driver passed another vehicle that was in the right lane. When the driver pulled back into the right lane he continued onto the shoulder, overcorrected when he pulled back into the traffic lane and rolled the big rig over on its right side.
The driver, Gary Eden, 61, of Phoenix was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on an unspecified charge. He also was driving on a suspended license and did not work for CRST, according to investigators.
The third person aboard, Jacqueline Fletcher, 37, of Harrisburg, Pa., was logged into the CRST computer system as the authorized driver, police said.
There was no immediate word on citations or possible charges. It also is not known if Eden or Fletcher suffered any injuries.
The crash happened near mile marker 87 just west of the State Route 117 exit to Quemado and Grants. I-40 was shut down for more than seven hours as traffic was diverted to NM 117 around the crash site.
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