Details of the Lea County Collision
According to NBC-DFW, 33-year-old Patricio Montano Ponce, of Buffalo, Texas, and 41-year-old Rafael Arturo Lincoln, of Fort Worth, were declared dead at the scene of a head-on collision on State Route 128, between Loving and Jal, New Mexico.
Another man, an unidentified 27-year-old from Carlsbad, New Mexico, was airlifted from the scene. The extent of his injuries was not immediately available.
State Police do not believe alcohol was a factor in the fatal crash. The incident remains under investigation.
Texas Car Crash Statistics
The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):
- 3,773 people were killed in Texas traffic accidents in 2016, marking a 5.45% increase from the 3,578 deaths reported in 2015.
- 638 of the deaths reported in 2016 were attributed to head-on collision.
- Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 987 traffic deaths, accounting for roughly 26% of all Texas traffic fatalities.
- An additional 264,076 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2016.
- Based on reportable data for 2016, TxDOT estimates:
- One person was killed in a traffic accident every 2 hours and 20 minutes.
- One person was injured every 1 minute and 59 seconds.
- A reportable crash occurred every 57 seconds.
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