LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A morning road closure of Highway 70 resulted from a deadly crash that claimed the lives of 21-year-old Thomas Wilson of Albuquerque and 52-year-old Neal Broderick of Las Cruces shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday.
The police report stated that the driver of a white Toyota pickup, traveling westbound on U.S. 70, apparently lost control of his vehicle and crossed the center divide where it collided head-on with a gray Chevrolet 1500 that was headed east.
The driver of the Chevy pickup was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Toyota pickup was transported to Memorial Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. There were no other occupants in either vehicle.
Both directions of traffic on Highway 70, eastbound from Del Rey Boulevard and westbound from Rinconada Boulevard, were temporarily closed and motorists were directed to the frontage roads. Westbound traffic on Highway 70 has since been reopened to traffic.
New Mexico State Police continue to investigate the cause of the crash.