POSTED: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 6:46pm
UPDATED: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 6:48pm
Jal, NM (KTSM) — The driver of a semi-truck died in a rollover near Carlsbad Friday evening, according to New Mexico State Police. The victim was identified as Richard Morin, 59, of Olney, Texas.
The wreck happened at 8:52 p.m. Friday on County Road 789, or Red Rd., which is 45 miles west of Jal, New Mexico.
New Mexico State Police Spokesperson Sergeant Emmanuel Gutierrez said Morin was traveling north when he lost control of the 18-wheeler, causing the semi-truck to roll once.
Investigators said Morin was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the semi-truck. Morin died on the scene.
Police believe speed is a factor in the crash.