Double Fatal Crash on Interstate 40 in McKinley County

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For Immediate Release
March 27, 2023


McKinley County, NM – On March 25, at around 9:00 p.m. the New Mexico State Police, responded to a double fatal crash involving three vehicles on Interstate 40 about 12 miles from the Arizona border.


The initial investigation indicates that a 2020 Freightliner semi-tractor-trailer driven by Bret Wayne Sackett, 60, of Jordan, Utah was traveling west on Interstate 40.  For unknown reasons the Freightliner excited the interstate at a high rate of speed and collided with the rear of a 2011 GMC Sierra, driven by Jordan Frank, 31, of Twin Lakes, NM.  The collision pushed the Sierra into a 2017 Volvo semi-tractor trailer.


Bret Wayne Sackett and Jordan Frank both suffered fatal injuries in the crash and were pronounced deceased on the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.  A 59-year-old male passenger in the Freightliner was injured and transported to an area hospital.  His condition is not known.  The driver of the Volvo was not injured.


Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor, and seatbelts were not properly worn.  This crash is being investigated by the New Mexico State Police