A Texas resident was killed and a Roswell man injured in a three-vehicle accident east of Artesia on Tuesday. Armando Rodriguez, 32, of Seagraves, Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.
Roswell resident Pablo Beltran, 23, was transported to Artesia General Hospital and then airlifted to Lubbock for life-threatening injuries after the crash. The accident occurred around 3 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 82 and Turkey Road, east of Artesia.
Beltran was traveling westbound on U.S. 82 in his 2004 Dodge pickup when he drove into the path of an eastbound 2008 Freightliner driven by Rodriguez. The semi left the road and rolled numerous times, ejecting Rodriguez from the cab.
Investigators from New Mexico State Police determined that Rodriguez was not wearing a seatbelt. Alcohol was not a contributing factor in the incident. A 2009 GMC pickup driven by 29-year -old Christian Roberson of Hobbs was also traveling westbound at the time of the accident. Roberson suffered injuries after he was struck by debris from the semi as it rolled.