Press release: Two killed, three injured, in a single vehicle accident on I-40

On June 7, 2012, at approximately 5:56AM, New Mexico State Police received a call reference a one vehicle crash on Interstate 40 Mile Post 363, approximately 33 miles east of Tucumcari.

New Mexico Motor Transportation Officers responded to the scene and located a one vehicle crash with three occupants ejected.

Investigation at the scene revealed that the vehicle, a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer, was travelling west on Interstate 40 when the driver fell asleep and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle travelled off the south side of the westbound lanes, at which the time the driver awoke and overcorrected the vehicle. The vehicle then travelled northwest across the westbound lanes and rolled numerous times. The vehicle contained 5 occupants, of which the driver and two passengers were ejected from the vehicle.

The driver, 29 year old Jonathan Hart of Hannibal, Missouri and passenger, 43 year old Carla Boss of Hannibal, Missouri were both pronounced deceased at the scene. The other passenger ejected, a twelve year old female, was flown to a hospital in Albuquerque in critical condition. Two other occupants in the vehicle, who were wearing occupant restraints, were also injured. 27 year old Rachelle Geib of Hannibal, Missouri was flown to a hospital in Albuquerque in critical condition and a 2 year old child was transported to Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari and listed in stable condition.

It appears the main contributing factor for this crash was the driver falling asleep and the lack of use of occupant's restraints contributed in the two fatalities.

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