Driver dies after head-on crash on US-285 near Clines Corners

Parnall Law News Team

SANTA FE COUNTY, NM — A woman was killed Sunday afternoon when her car collided head-on with a pickup truck on U.S. Highway 285 near Clines Corners, reports KOB4.

New Mexico State Police said the fatal wreck occurred near mile marker 259, a little south of County Road 20B, at about 2:00 p.m.

Preliminary details indicate the woman was driving southbound on US-285 when she attempted to pass a car ahead of her. Moments after entering the northbound lane, her car struck an oncoming pickup truck head-on. Authorities said a car traveling behind the pickup was also impacted.

The woman, identified as Leticia Lancaster-Valois, 66, of Oklahoma City, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Paramedics transported all other involved occupants to an area hospital with unspecified injuries. No information on their conditions has been disclosed.

Investigators noted all involved victims were wearing their seatbelts correctly, and alcohol has been ruled out as a contributing factor. The case remains active with the NMSP.

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