Pickup truck driver dies from injuries

March 12, 2013 • Local News

New Mexico State Police said Tuesday the driver of a [auth] pickup truck involved in a two-vehicle crash with a tractor trailer Monday has died from injuries sustained.

Police responded Monday to an accident at the intersection of US 380 and Red Bridge Road. The initial investigation determined a 1990 Chevrolet pickup traveling south on Red Bridge Road collided with a 2005 Peterbuilt tractor trailer traveling west on US 380, after the pickup failed to stop at the stop sign.

The pickup drove into the intersection and the tractor trailer struck the truck’s driver door and front fender.

The driver of the pickup, identified as Tom Deck, of Roswell, was transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center following the accident and died later that evening. A dog that was in the truck at the time of the accident died on impact.

The driver of the tractor trailer, identified as Paul Nicholas, of Mobile, Ala., had no visible signs of injury, police said.

Police said “driver inattention and excessive speed” contributed to the crash. An autopsy is pending, but there were no indications that alcohol was a factor. Both drivers had worn seatbelts.

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