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Officials: Artesia officer killed in traffic accident

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ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Police says it’s investigating a traffic accident that killed an Artesia police officer.

The agency says an the initial investigation shows Artesia Police Corp. Thomas Wade Frazier was driving a truck northbound Friday on U.S. Hwy 285 when for unknown reasons it struck the rear of a tractor-trailer. Frazier died at the scene.

The 20-year-old man from Dexter, New Mexico who was driving the tractor-trailer was not injured. The state police says it will release more information when it’s available.

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