Tucumcari man dies in crash near Clovis

A Tucumcari man died and a Flora Vista man was seriously injured in a head-on collision Wednesday morning on N.M. 209 north of Clovis, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller.
Waller said Joe Cooper, 76, died about 10:30 a.m. at the scene of the crash on N.M. 209 near Curry Road 21. He was the driver of a southbound 1996 Cadillac sedan that crossed the center line and struck a 2014 Ford Focus driven by Wenceslado Ruiz, 32, of Flora Vista, according to Waller.
Waller said Ruiz was taken by an emergency helicopter to a Lubbock hospital, where he is listed in critical and unstable condition for undisclosed injuries. There were no others occupying either vehicle, Waller said.
The crash remains under investigation.

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