Written by Lieutenant Mark Soriano 10/05/2021
San Juan County, NM – On October 2, 2021, at around 6:14 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a two-vehicle fatal crash on US Highway 64 near mile marker 60 and County Road 5322, west of Bloomfield, New Mexico.
The initial investigation indicates a 1989 grey Ford F250, driven by James Cummins (81) of Farmington, NM was traveling south across US Highway 64 from County Road 5322 to County Road 5323. For unknown reasons, a white Ford F250 traveling west on US Highway 64 struck the grey Ford F250. Cummins sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.
The driver of the Ford F250, who will not be named by the New Mexico State Police at this time, was transported to an area hospital for injuries believed to be non-life-threatening. Driver inattention appears to be a contributing factor in the crash. Alcohol does not appear to be involved and seatbelts were not properly used.
The New Mexico State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit and Drone Team assisted in the investigation. This information is preliminary, and the investigation is still active and ongoing.