Man Dead in Motor Vehicle Collision 1/25/14
On Friday January 24, 2014, at approximately 6:47 A.M., Officer from the New Mexico State Police responded to the scene of a four vehicle crash on US Highway 82, near milepost 167. It was reported one individual was seriously injured.
Initial investigation by the New Mexico State Police determined a 2008 Mack Commercial Motor Vehicle was traveling eastbound on US 82. The vehicle was driven by Alfredo Caballero (32), from Lovington, NM.
As the Commercial Motor Vehicle and the Dodge pickup approached each other, traveling in the opposite direction, the Commercial Motor Vehicle drifted into the westbound lane of traffic. As a result a “head on” type collision occurred.
The driver of the Dodge pickup, Mr. Cornett, was airlifted to Lubbock, Texas due to his injuries. Mr. Cornett succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased while in Lubbock.
The driver of the Commercial Motor Vehicle, Mr. Caballero, was not injured in this crash. The drivers of the other two vehicles did not report and injuries. Both of these vehicles sustained mirror damages, as a result of the head on collision.
The contributing factors in this crash have been identified as driver fatigue and driver inattention.
Alcohol was not a contributing factor.