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Dexter woman, infant die in Friday crash

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Investigators walk among the wreckage of a fatal two-vehicle accident Friday morning that left a woman and her 1-year-old son dead near the 96-mile marker on U.S. 285. The accident remains under investigation by New Mexico State Police. (Alex Ross Photo)

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A woman and her 1-year-old son were killed in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning on U.S. 285.

The accident occurred at about 7 a.m. near the 96-mile marker near Dexter, according to a press release from the New Mexico State Police Department, which is in charge of the investigation.

Initial findings indicate Crystal Sanchez, 22, of Dexter, was driving a 2000 S-10 Chevrolet pickup heading east on Ken Street and approaching a stop sign at the intersection of U.S. 285 and Ken Street.

The release states Sanchez attempted to cross U.S. 285 southbound to head north when the pickup she was driving was “ T-boned” on the driver side by a 2014 International Commercial Vehicle heading southbound.

“Sanchez and her 1-year-old infant son sustained fatal injuries in the crash and were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator,” the release states.

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The driver of the commercial vehicle was transported to a hospital for unknown injuries and will not face charges.

Alcohol does not appear to be involved, but thick fog and poor visibility are believed to have been contributing factors, according to the release.

The accident remains under investigation.

State police and investigators were still at the scene of the accident at about 11 a.m. looking through the wreckage in the northbound lane of U.S. 285, which was closed to traffic throughout the morning. A sign on a median was flattened and shards of glass could be seen on the road.

The lane was later reopened to traffic at about 2 p.m., according to an email from a New Mexico State Police spokesperson.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.