Texas man dies after head-on crash on US-62/180 in Lea County

Parnall Law News Team

LEA COUNTY, NM — A 45-year-old Texas man died Wednesday afternoon after a wrong-way crash on U.S. Highway 62/180 near northeast Carlsbad, reports KOB4.

The fatal wreck occurred on the westbound highway near mile marker 63, just before 3:00 p.m.

According to New Mexico State Police, the man was driving a Nissan eastbound in the westbound lanes when the Nissan hit a Chevrolet pickup truck head-on.

First responders pronounced the Nissan driver, a resident of Woodlands, Texas, deceased at the scene.

The driver of the Chevrolet, a 46-year-old man, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

NMSP noted seat belts appeared to have been worn properly by both drivers, but alcohol is being considered as a factor.

An investigation remains in progress.

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