Two Texas men died in a vehicle crash Tuesday morning on New Mexico Highway 128 near Loving, New Mexico State Police said.
Jesse Godfrey, 39, of Odessa and Aaron Moreno, 24, of Midland, were pronounced dead on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator around 6:36 a.m. near mile marker 21, State Police said in a news release.
Two other passengers sustained unknown injuries. A 27-year-old man refused medical treatment on scene and a 28-year-old man was transported to an area hospital for treatment, according to the news release.
New Mexico State Police did not release the names of either men.
The initial investigation indicated a pickup, driven by Godfrey was traveling west on New Mexico 128. For unknown reasons the pickup crossed over into oncoming traffic of the eastbound lane.
The pickup struck the left side of an eastbound semitrailer driven by an unidentified 21-year-old man. The pickup was then struck by an eastbound pickup driven by another unidentified man who police said was 40 years old.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was transported by emergency medical services to a hospital in Kermit, Texas. The driver of the pickup was uninjured, the release read.
State Police said alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor in the crash. Seatbelts were properly used, except for Moreno and the crash remained under investigation.
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