TORRANCE COUNTY, NM — Authorities have identified the two men who died last Thursday, November 9, in Moriarty after a semi-truck crashed into their business, reports KOAT.
The fatal incident took place at an unspecified metal building off Interstate 40 that housed a blacksmithing shop owned by brothers Chad and Brad Gunter. First responders were called to the scene shortly after 12:00 p.m.
Authorities say a semi-trailer veered off the roadway and hit the structure, which at the time was occupied by the victims.
Chad, who was found under the truck following the crash, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
First responders rushed both Brad and the driver to University of New Mexico Hospital, where Brad also succumbed to his injuries the same evening after undergoing surgery.
According to investigators, the driver of the semi was released from the hospital on Monday, November 13. Authorities were told that he planned to return to his residence in Chadwick, Missouri.
An investigation by the Torrance County Sheriff’s Office remains underway.
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