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Two killed in crash in rural Chaves County

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Police say a 79-year-old male driver and his 81-year-old female passenger were killed around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in a crash on U.S. 82 at mile marker 70.

The preliminary investigation indicates a GMC pickup traveling westbound on U.S. 82 entered the eastbound lanes of traffic and struck head-on a Chevrolet SUV traveling eastbound, according to a New Mexico State Police crash report.

The driver of the Chevrolet SUV, David Wesley Monson, was ejected during the collision and sustained fatal injuries. The passenger of the Chevrolet, Samme Pauline Monson, also sustained fatal injuries in the crash.

Both were pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the GMC pickup was transported to Artesia General Hospital for injuries.

This incident remains under investigation with no further information available.

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