A collision involving a pickup truck and a commercial semi-truck resulted in five deaths on New Mexico’s State Route 128.
The accident, which was described as a “fiery crash” in a report from U.S. News and World Report, is believed to be a casualty of New Mexico’s rapidly-expanding oil and gas industry. As the state has become a hub for the business, traffic has increased, and so has the frequency of truck accidents.
The location of the accident was “along State Route 128 east of Jal, which is about 195 miles (315 kilometers) east of El Paso, Texas.” State Route 128 is one road in the state of New Mexico that has been significantly impacted by the growing oil and gas industry presence. The route — along with other major New Mexico roads such as State Route 31, U.S. 285, and infrastructure throughout the state — has fallen behind the growth, contributing to safety hazards.
Four oilfield workers were among the victims in the Thursday, July 11, 2019 accident. The men were riding together in a pickup truck when their vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer, killing the driver of that vehicle as well.
The deceased oilfield workers were from Odessa, TX and worked for the same company, which was unidentified in media coverage. They were aged 19, 22, 25, and 58 years of age. The driver of the semi-truck was 27 years old and was also a Texas resident, from Arlington. All of the victims were declared dead at the scene of the truck accident.
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