I-40 Crash Kills California Man


State of New Mexico
Department of Public Safety

Quay County – On Friday morning November 16, 2012, at approximately 1:19 a.m., New Mexico State Police responded to a two vehicle crash with injuries on Interstate 40, approximately 8 miles east of Tucumcari, New Mexico.

On scene investigation revealed a pickup truck, driven by Jesse Barnes (72) of San Miguel, California, was traveling west in the outside lane. A second vehicle, a commercial motor vehicle, was traveling westbound behind the pickup truck. The commercial motor vehicle collided with the back of the pickup, causing Mr. Barnes to lose control of his vehicle.

Mr. Barnes vehicle exited the roadway and over-turned numerous times. Mr. Brown, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene.

State Police are continuing the investigation and enforcement action is pending.

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Contact: Lieutenant Robert McDonald