JAL, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police have identified the five individuals killed in a vehicle crash Thursday near Jal. State Police say the crash occurred around 7 a.m. after a semi-truck crashed into a pickup truck on State Road 128.
Authorities say following an initial investigation, they determined that a Chevy pickup carrying four passengers was traveling west on State Road 128 when it crossed the center line and headed into eastbound traffic.
The pickup crashed head-on into a Peterbilt semi-tractor trailer, which was carrying a lone driver. Following the crash, both vehicles caught fire.
The four occupants of the pickup truck and the driver of the semi-tractor trailer were pronounced dead. The driver of the pickup truck has been identified as 22-year-old Arturo Barboza of Odessa, Texas.
His three passengers were identified as 19-year-old Alonso Hernandez of Odessa; 25-year-old Justin Brown of Montgomery, Texas; and 58-year-old Enrique Leon of Odessa, Texas. The driver of the trailer was identified as 27-year-old Rayshawda Riley of Arlington, Texas.
NMSP say alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash. The New Mexico State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit continues their investigation into the incident.