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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 11:04 am

Five people, including three Odessans, are dead after they were reportedly in a fiery wreck in New Mexico.

The reported fatal collision occurred at 7 a.m. Thursday near Jal on New Mexico State Road 128 around mile post 57, a New Mexico State Police press release detailed.

Arturo Barboza, 22, of Odessa was reportedly driving a 2019 Chevrolet crew cab pickup with three passengers, later identified as 28-year-old Odessan Alonso Hernandez, 58-year-old Odessan Enrique Leon and 25-year-old Justin Brown of Montgomery, west on State Road 128.

For unknown reasons, the pickup crossed the center line into oncoming traffic and collided head on with a 2019 Peterbilt semi-tractor trailer, the release stated. The semi was driven by 27-year-old Rayshawda Riley of Arlington.

After the collision, the two vehicles caught fire. All four occupants of the pickup and the driver of the semi-tractor trailer died on scene as a result of the crash.  They were pronounced dead by the Office of the Medical Investigator. 

The investigation to the crash continues and alcohol doesn’t appear to have been a factor in the crash, the release detailed.

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