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One woman dead in Wednesday crash

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New Mexico State Police investigate the scene of a three-vehicle crash Wednesday in south Roswell that left one woman dead and two people injured. New Mexico State Police in a press release Friday stated the name of the woman, who died at the scene from her injuries, was not being released because as of Friday she had not been positively identified. (Alex Ross Photo)

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One woman is dead following a three-vehicle crash Wednesday in south Roswell.

New Mexico State Police in a press release Friday stated the woman was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator after the 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck she was driving caught fire after colliding with a 2010 Acura and a U.S. Postal Service van just south of the intersection of South Main Street and Brasher Road.

As of Friday, her name was still not being released because, according to the press release, she had not been positively identified.

A 30-year-old Dexter man who was driving the Acura at the time of the collision was critically injured and subsequently airlifted to a hospital in Lubbock, Texas. His condition is not known.

The driver of the Postal Service van, a 42-year-old Roswell woman, was treated at the scene for minor injuries. Both the Acura and Ford F-150 were significantly damaged.

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According to the press release, the crash remains under investigation, but alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor.

State Police, along with Roswell police and crews from the Roswell Fire Department, responded to the crash at 5:31 p.m. Officers from both the Roswell Police Department Patrol Division and Technical Services Unit, as well as the State Police Aerial Drone Team have assisted State Police in the crash investigation, which remains ongoing.

Early findings from the investigation, according to the press release, state that moments before the crash and for reasons still being investigated, the F-150 crashed into several other vehicles. No injuries were reported in those collisions.

The first vehicle struck was a 2015 Dodge Journey near the intersection of Main and Second streets.

“Upon impact, the Ford and Dodge latched together traveling south on Main Street,” the release states.

When it reached the intersection of South Main and Hobbs Street, the F-150 became detached from the Dodge and struck a 2019 Chevy Silverado before then starting to travel south in the northbound lanes of Main Street at high rates of speed when it hit a Honda passenger vehicle.

A State Police officer was out of his vehicle at the time when he witnessed the F-150 head south at a high rate of speed near the intersection of South Main and Poe streets.

The release states the officer then got into his unit and attempted to catch up to the F-150 before the pursuit ended with the collision.

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