Portales man dies in Sunday crash


Last updated 3/16/2021 at 5:43pm

A Portales man died in a Sunday evening crash, according to a release from the New Mexico State Police.

Abundio Najera, 65, died at the scene of the crash just after 8:20 p.m. on mile post 4 of N.M. 467, just north of Portales.

According to the NMSP release:

• A 30-year-old male driver, who was not identified in the release, was heading north on 467 in a Chevrolet pickup. For reasons still under investigation, the Chevrolet crossed over the center line and struck the driver's side of the southbound Ford pickup driven by Najera.

• A passenger in the Ford, a 64-year-old female, was hospitalized with undisclosed injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet was also hospitalized with undisclosed injuries.

• Seat belts were properly used by the occupants in the Ford.

The crash remains under investigation by the NMSP with assistance from its crash reconstruction unit.


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