EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — A 33-year-old El Paso man died in a crash involving four tractor-trailer trucks on Wednesday at an Interstate 10 rest stop between Deming, N.M., and Lordsburg, N.M.
The New Mexico State Police Department said the crash happened around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, resulting in the death of Steven Carpenter.
An initial investigation suggests that Carpenter was driving a 2018 international tractor-trailer truck east on I-10. Carpenter collided into the back of a 2021 Freightliner tractor-trailer that was taking the exit to the rest stop.
Carpenter continued and passed the Freightliner, then collided into the rear of a second tractor-trailer parked along the rest stop’s entrance lane, causing the parked truck to collide into a third tractor-trailer truck.
Carpenter sustained fatal injuries in the collision and was pronounced dead on site by the Office of the Medical Investigator.
The drivers of the first and second tractor-trailer trucks sustained minor injuries and the driver of the third vehicle was not injured.
NMSP says alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash and seatbelts are believed to have been properly worn. The crash continues to be investigated.