Fatal crash on I-40 in McKinley County

Fatal crash on I-40 in McKinley County

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McKinley County, NM - On August 18, 2018 at about 10:30 p.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on Interstate 40 around mile post 40 between Gallup and Grants. 

The initial investigation indicated a 2017 Hyundai was traveling east on Interstate 40 at a high rate of speed in the right lane of travel. For unknown reasons the Hyundai rear ended a Dodge truck that was also east bound in the right lane pulling a flatbed trailer.  

The driver of the Hyundai, Lyric Young, 22, sustained fatal injuries and pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Dodge, a sixty-three-year-old male was uninjured.  

After the initial crash a semi-truck that had stopped at the scene was side-swiped by a second semi-truck.  No injuries were reported in that incident. 

Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor to the crash and seatbelts do not appear to have been properly utilized.  

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