Police investigating cause of fatal collision

Freedom New Mexico

Investigators on Wednesday were still trying to determine what caused a Monday two-vehicle accident on U.S. 70, which killed an Oklahoma couple.

Cassandra Horton, 67, and her husband Claude Horton, 84, of Elk City, Okla., died when their Ford Explorer collided into the back of a privately owned garbage truck near the Curry-Roosevelt County line, officials said.

Stephen Robertson, 49, of Clovis, was the driver of the garbage truck, owned by Valley Waste Removal, according to State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock.

Police investigating the crash believe the garbage truck was turning into a private driveway when it was struck by the Explorer.

Cassandra Horton was driving. Both victims died at the scene just before 4 p.m. Monday.

Robertson was not injured, police said.

No citations have been given in connection with the crash. Glascock said Robertson was issued citations for equipment violations — related to an issue with springs and tail lights or turn signals that were not working — by the Motor Transport Division following a post-crash inspection of garbage truck.

“That does not indicate that he is at fault in the crash,” Glascock said. “The investigation is ongoing to determine if it was a contributing factor. All of it’s part of the investigation that we’re conducting.”

Efforts to reach Robertson for comment Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Glascock said evidence indicates the Hortons’ vehicle was moving at normal highway “traveling speed” when the crash occurred.