EDDY COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – One person is dead following a semi and vehicle crash in Eddy County on Friday.
Deputies responded to the crash just after 12:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 62/180 between mile markers 25 and 26.
They said a Chevy pickup truck, driven by 34-year-old Jurado Jerome Escarcega, was headed northbound on the outside when a semi turned onto the inside lane.
That’s when Escarcega moved into the same lane and struck the back of the semi. He died at a hospital in Carlsbad.
The sheriff’s office said a failure to maintain lane and driver attention appear to be factors in the crash.