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2 people from Colorado Springs killed in crash in New Mexico

Posted at 10:46 AM, Jan 21, 2020

SOCORRO COUNTY, NEW MEXICO — Two people from Colorado Springs were killed in a vehicle crash in New Mexico Monday afternoon.

At about 12:56 p.m. on Monday, the New Mexico State Patrol were investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash at the intersection of NM Highway 304 and US60, east of Bernardo, NM.

According to the initial investigation, a 2000 Chevy SUV, driven by 94-year-old Harlan Leroy Swanson and passenger 92-year-old Elinor N. Swanson, both of Colorado Springs, was traveling north on NM Highway 304 when they approached the intersection of US60.

Authorities say for an unknown reason, the driver of the Chevy made a left turn onto US60 and was struck by a 2006 Merr Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) that was traveling eastbound on US60.

The driver and passenger of the Chevy were both pronounced dead on scene.

The driver of the CMV, a 52-year-old man from Belen, NM, sustained unknown injuries and was taken to the hospital. His name has not been released.

Authorities say alcohol does not appear to be a facotr in the crash and seatbelts were workn.