Dona Ana County, NM – On September 29, 2020, at approximately 9:00 a.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a crash involving two vehicles on Interstate 10, near milepost 159 south of Las Cruces.
The initial investigation indicated that a 2012 Buick passenger car driven by a thirty-year-old El Paso man was traveling east on I-10 when it experienced a tire blowout. After the blowout, the Buick traveled in front of and was struck by, a 2000 Sterling Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) pulling a trailer that was also eastbound on I-10.
The driver and two passengers in the Buick suffered injury in the crash and were transported to an area hospital via ambulance. Their conditions are not known. A third passenger in the Buick, a ten-year-old girl was airlifted from the scene. On October 3, 2020, the ten-year-old girl succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at an El Paso hospital. The driver of the CMV a twenty-nine-year-old New Mexico man was uninjured in the crash.
Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this crash and seatbelts appear to have been properly used. For the privacy of the family, NMSP does not identify children or surviving victims in fatal crash press releases. This crash is under investigation by the New Mexico State Police.