QUAY COUNTY, N.M. (KAMR/KCIT) — New Mexico State Police report that three people have died after a fatal wreck in Quay County on Friday, Dec. 17.
According to NMSP, an investigation indicated that a vehicle was going east on I-40 when a tire blew out. The vehicle left the road and hit a guardrail, and rolled. Officials said there were 10 people in the vehicle.
Police said the driver sustained unknown injuries and was taken to a hospital. Three passengers, Alejandro Santiz Mendez (27), Benito Gutierrez (27), and Eduardo Rodriguez-Guiterrez all sustained fatal injuries. Both Mendez and Guiterrez were pronounced deceased on the scene by the Office of Medical Investigator. Rodriguez-Guiterrez succumbed to his injuries while being transported by air to a hospital in Amarillo.
Other passengers in the vehicle, ages ranging from 17-36, sustained unknown injuries and were taken to the hospital said NMSP.
NMSP said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the wreck and the investigation is ongoing with pending charges for the driver based on the outcome of that investigation.