Fatal accident kills four outside of Melrose

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Monday’s harsh combination of wind, freezing rain and snow contributed to multiple road closures and a fatal accident in Curry County. Four people were killed and two others were injured in the two-vehicle collision on U.S.60/84 east of Melrose, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said about […]

Texas man dies in accident

CNJ staff New Mexico State Police report a 66-year-old man from Dalhart, Texas, died Thursday in a single-vehicle accident on I-40, approximately 25 miles west of Tucumcari. At 8:53 a.m., state police were summoned to a single-vehicle crash with injuries. Upon arrival to the scene, Robert Walker the driver of the vehicle was located lying […]

City of Clovis settles in officer-involved fatal crash

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis has agreed to settle a more than $1 million lawsuit involving a fatal vehicle accident involving one of its police officers. Mary Castillo was killed in the Nov. 10, 2010, accident involving former Clovis police officer Stephen Gallegos. Castillo was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Edith […]

Two people reported dead in accident on U.S. 70

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Freedom New Mexico Two people were killed Monday afternoon when a Ford Explorer collided with a privately-owned garbage truck near the Curry-Roosevelt county line on U.S. 70. State police spokesman Sgt. Tim Johnson said a 57-year-old woman and 84-year-old man, both in the Explorer, died at the scene just before 4 p.m. The deceased were […]

Fort Sumner 14-year-old dies in accident

CNJ staff An accident Friday has claimed the life of a Fort Sumner teenager. Colten Gunn, 14, died at the scene of the accident at approximately 3:50 p.m. in the Fort Sumner Valley when an all-terrain vehicle he was driving struck the rear of a vehicle at an intersection, according to Juan Chavez, deputy medical […]

Lubbock man injured in crash

PNT staff report James Buchanan, 70, of Lubbock was in serious but stable condition at a Lubbock hospital Saturday after his three-wheeled motorcycle left the road and crashed through a fence in Roosevelt County, according to Sheriff Darren Hooker. The crash happened about 5:30 p.m. Friday on New Mexico 202 near Portales. Buchanan was the […]

My turn: Fears pondered after dad’s accident

To shoot a musician in the hand is as cruel as piercing a sword through his heart. That is the sad ending in Robert Rodriguez’s 1995 movie, “El Mariachi.” The villain takes away El Mariachi’s livelihood. Last week my dad had a near fatal accident with an electric handsaw. The saw bounced back from his […]

Former Clovis resident recovering from train accident

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Former Clovis resident Paul Young is recovering from his sixth surgery on Friday after losing his legs and left arm in a train accident, said his father, Mike Young. “He is in good spirits and has a good attitude,” Mike Young said. Mike said his 28-year-old son will have […]

Two killed in auto accident

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales residents died in a roll-over this weekend. Rochelle A. Pettigrew, 33, and Charles J. Paiz, 39, both of Portales, died in a single-vehicle crash on South Roosevelt Road 2 near Roosevelt Road X, according to a news release from the State Police. Glascock said the owner of the property where […]

Best lessons discovered on your own

Jim told me a story of his youth. Of course, it could have happened yesterday knowing cowboys the way I do. Jim was 12. His brothers were two years off, either way. Their dad sent the boys out a’horseback to bring in Bully Boy, one of their herd sires, to the home corrals. Instructions were […]

Accident victim had passion for roping

Jared Tucker “It’s a blessing to me, because he died happy,” Sabra Gorrell said Tuesday about her son’s death Thursday while practicing roping in Carlsbad. Steven Watson, 26, of Portales died when he collided with a cat-walk while riding a horse at a high rate of speed, Gorrell said, adding police told her Watson died […]

One injured in ATV accident

PNT staff Portales and Clovis paramedics responded Monday evening to an all terrain vehicle accident in the area of the Boonestroo Dairy on State Road 467. Lt. Ricky Mitchell of the Clovis Fire Department said crews could not get to the patient with an ambulance, so pick up trucks were used to get to the […]

Portales Past: May 11, 1910

May 11, 1910: A 12-year-old Portales boy was struck by falling brick at a construction site. Officials said high winds likely were responsible for the accident. The boy was expected to recover “without complications,” the Roosevelt County Herald reported.

Jan. 21, 1957

According to the Portales Daily Tribune, Dennie L. Harris, ENMU student from Clovis, was back in school following a Saturday night accident on West First Street which put him in the hospital as a result of the still unexplained crash which left two cars badly damaged.

Clovis man killed by hay bale

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Freedom New Mexico A 61-year-old Clovis man is dead following a Wednesday afternoon farm accident. Oscar Brooks was killed when a large round hay bale fell from a trailer and struck him, Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. Just before 3 p.m., responders were dispatched to the scene, just off Llano Estecado Boulevard about a […]

Police awaiting autopsy in fatal accident

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales police will wait for an autopsy report before determining whether charges will be filed against a 16-year-old driving a pickup truck involved in a fatal accident Oct. 30. Gloria Ann Inge, 71, was struck as she crossed Second Street at the Abilene Street intersection in Portales. She died […]

Accident victim remembered as hard-working, family man

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Family and friends remember Manuel Alvarez-Alonso as a man who clowned around, worked hard and made time for his family. Alvarez-Alonso, 39, of Portales died Monday in Lubbock after spending two weeks on life support after a 2,000-pound bag of peanuts fell on him while he was working at […]

Industrial accident fatal

Emergency responders are working a fatal industrial accident north of St. Vrain. State police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said officers are en route to the scene. According to emergency radio traffic, a road worker was run over by a chip spreader shortly after 12:30 p.m. A medical investigator and chaplain have also been dispatched to the […]

Teen in critical condition after accident

A Portales teenager was in critical condition at Lubbock Covenant Children’s Hospital on Thursday after apparently being thrown from atop a vehicle being driven by a friend. Anthony Sapp, 16, was airlifted to Lubbock on Wednesday after suffering a head injury in the 1900 block of South Roosevelt Rd. 4 1/2. Law officers said it […]

Cannon airman, Farwell woman killed in car crash

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Andrew Arnett, 19, and his 18-year-old passenger Christy Thatcher were killed in an auto accident on April 23. Freedom New Mexico A car crash near Weatherford, Okla., has claimed the lives of a Cannon AFB airman and his 18-year-old passenger from Farwell. The victims are Airman 1st Class Andrew Arnett, […]