Traffic Collision West of Jal Kills Two People

Two out-of-staters lost their lives in a traffic collision west of Jal, New Mexico. The accident reportedly happened on Tuesday morning, September 7th. The crash appears to be the result of an illegal lane change.

The New Mexico State Police officers responded to the collision west of Jal at about 6:36 a.m. on Highway 128 near milepost 21. The Office of the Medical Investigator said Jesse Godfrey, 39, of Odessa, Texas, and 24-year-old Aaron Moreno, of Midland, Texas, sustained fatal wounds from the occurrence. The two died at the crash scene.

The preliminary investigation disclosed that a 2019 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Godfrey crossed over into oncoming traffic of the highway’s eastbound lane for unknown reasons. The car then struck the left side of an eastbound 2013 International Commercial Motor Vehicle operated by a 21-year-old man. The police said after the crash, the victim’s truck got hit by an eastbound GMC pickup driven by a 40-year-old man.

The other two male passengers in the Dodge aged 27 and 28, respectively, suffered unknown injuries. The state police said the 27-year-old refused treatment while the 28-year-old was transported to an area hospital by medics. The CMV drivers sustained injuries in the crash, and medics transported him to an area hospital in Kermit, Texas.

The GMC pickup driver was uninjured. The police said that alcohol does not appear to have played a role in the accident. The state police also added that seatbelts were properly utilized by all occupants of the vehicles involved. The investigation into the accident continues.

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