The initial investigation indicated a 2020 Honda Pilot SUV, driven by Joseph A. McCreight (27) of El Mirage, AZ was traveling west on U.S. Highway 56. For unknown reasons the Honda crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic of the eastbound lane and collided head-on into an eastbound 2014 Freightliner Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV). The driver of the CMV, a 60-year-old male from Maxwell, NM sustained unknown injuries in the crash and was transported by emergency personnel to an area hospital. The driver, McCreight and a passenger in the Honda, Vincent M. Vega (33) from Phoenix, AZ, both sustained fatal injuries in the crash and they were both pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator.
Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor in the crash and seatbelts were properly utilized. This crash is under investigation by the New Mexico State Police.