3 die in Permian Basin crashes

Two Permian Basin crashes took the lives of three men this week.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Efrain Garcia-Palacios, 55, of Chihuahua, Mexico was traveling south on U.S. 67 at an unsafe speed in a construction zone when his Nissan Sentra veered into the northbound lane, entered a barrow ditch, hit a fence and rolled. Garcia-Palacios, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the car and pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which took place around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

On Thursday, Cody Hunter Strickland, 28, of Chandler and Cade Michael Martin, 21, of Hudson Oaks were traveling south on FM 1927 in a Dodge Ram when they veered into the northbound lanes for an unknown reason and struck a Freightliner and trailer seven miles south of Pyote, according to DPS.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which took place around 3:30 a.m. The 35-year-old Las Cruces, New Mexico resident driving the Freightliner was uninjured, according to DPS.