Deming man killed in I-10 crash

A local Deming man was killed early Wednesday morning in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 10, at about mile-marker 48, located 26 miles east of Lordsburg.

According to a New Mexico Department of Public Safety report, at 6:30 a.m., Donald Shay, 75, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet pickup when a tractor trailer rig rear-ended Shay’s vehicle. The impact caused Shay to veer off the roadway.

The tractor trailer then struck another trailer before all vehicles came to a stop.

Shay was pronounced dead at the scene.

The official cause of death will not be known until an autopsy is performed, according to Sgt. Damyan Brown of the New Mexico State Police.

The driver of the second tractor trailer was transported to a local hospital with non-threatening injuries.

The driver who was at fault, and caused the crash, was uninjured. He was cited for careless driving.

It was determined driver inattention was the factor in the crash.

Elena Ruiz may be reached at (575)546-2611 (ext. 2608.)

Memorial service set Monday for Las Cruces pastor killed in I-10 crash – Las Cruces Sun



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LAS CRUCES A Las Cruces pastor killed this week in a tragic Interstate 10 collision with a wrong-way driver was remembered Thursday as someone who had a deep heart for people and a passion for sharing his Christian beliefs.

A memorial service has been set for Monday evening in honor of Josh Allen, the pastor at Grace Bible Church on Missouri Avenue. He was 30.

In addition, a fund has been set up to benefit Allen’s widow, Shelley, and his 9-month-old son, Josiah.

Allen’s father, the Rev. Dr. Dan Allen of Hatfield, Pa., said Josh Allen moved from the East Coast to Las Cruces about four years ago to work at the small Las Cruces church. Dan Allen had helped to found the congregation in the early 2000s.

“He loved the place; he loved the people,” Dan Allen said. “The people dearly loved him.”

Dan Allen said since the crash, he’s received a flood of emails and Facebook messages from Las Crucens and the community of Liberty University in Virginia, a Christian college from which his son graduated.

Head-on crash

Monday night, Josh Allen was on his way to pick up his twin brother from the El Paso International Airport, when his Toyota Sienna minivan was hit by a BMW X3 SUV traveling westbound on the eastbound lanes of I-10, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and family. He died immediately. Meanwhile, the driver of the SUV, Jesus Barrera, 24, of Bayard, N.M., had a faint pulse when emergency responders arrived, but died quickly afterward.

The crash happened about three miles into Texas beyond the New Mexico state line, near Vinton.

Authorities can’t yet say why Barrera was traveling the wrong way, said Deputy Mariano Valle, spokesman for the agency. They’re also awaiting toxicology tests, which could take several weeks, to find out whether impairment was a factor.

Knack for ministry

Dan Allen said his son had a knack being a minister. And he said Josh Allen — and about a dozen of his family members who are also ministers — was motivated by a heartfelt belief. “We hope to present the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ to people so that, when they die, whether through a normal means or a tragedy like this, that they will spend eternity with God in heaven,” he said.

Ethan Hester, pastoral intern at Grace Bible Church, said Josh Allen was his mentor for the past year and a half at the 50- to 60-member congregation. The two had attended Liberty University together before that.

“Josh was an awesome guy,” Hester said. “He was very committed to the church and what God had brought him here to do, which was to preach the gospel and make God famous here in Las Cruces.”

During his time in Las Cruces, Josh Allen and his wife had been active in hosting outreach programs, his father said. He also belonged to a group of pastors throughout the city, called the Evangelical Ministerial Fellowship.

Michael Cramer, youth pastor at Church Triumphant on Valley Drive, said he knew Josh Allen through the ministers’ group. He described the late pastor as a “super, super nice guy” who was well-known among churches in the community.

Cramer said Allen’s death saddened many people in his own church. A tragedy like this cuts across denominational differences, he said.

“A large number of churches in the community are going to be taking up an offering to help out Josh’s wife,” he said. “Our church is praying for them; we sent out a prayer request to all of our members.”

Donations to the family can be made via PayPal at www.powerofhopeministries.org.

Memorial planned

Josh Allen’s memorial will take place at 7 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, 106 S. Miranda St., Las Cruces. It’s being held there to accommodate a large crowd that’s expected to attend. His family said it’s open to the public.

Cramer said a number of people from his own congregation are planning to go to the service.

In spite of the loss, Grace Bible Church, which is located at 2801 Missouri Ave. Suite 14, has taken steps to reassign Josh Allen’s duties.

And there may be some healing needed.

“As far as what the church is going to do now, we’re just trying to catch our breath and figure out what we’re going to do next,” Hester said.

Dan Allen said his son’s death is painful, but he attributed his family’s ability to cope with the tragedy to God.

“Although we mourn — and I tell you, I’ve been doing a lot of crying, we don’t mourn like those who don’t have hope,” he said.

Family members have faith, he said, that they’ll again meet Josh Allen someday in a higher plane.

“I have absolutely 100 percent, complete assurance that I will see him again,” Dan Allen said.

Diana Alba Soular may be reached at 575-541-5443.

Motor home hits, kills two pedestrians on I-10

HIDALGO COUNTY, N.M. New Mexico State Police and Motor Transportation Division Police responded to the scene of a crash at 5:15 a.m. on Thursday involving a tractor trailer Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) and two pedestrians. The wreck occurred on Interstate 10 at about the 16 milemarker, which is about four miles west of the town of Lordsburg, New Mexico.

The initial investigation revealed that the CMV was traveling eastbound on Interstate 10. For unknown reasons, the CMV traveled onto the right shoulder of eastbound I-10 where there was a pickup parked on the shoulder. Two individuals were outside the pickup. The CMV struck both individuals. The CMV did not strike the pickup. Both individuals were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the CMV was transported to a local hospital complaining of chest pain. He was later flown to a Las Cruces hospital.

Identities of the deceased are pending upon notification of next of kin.

Identity of the driver of the CMV will be released at a later date.

Traffic Alert: Crash on I-10 near Anthony, 3 lanes closed

New Mexico State Police are on the scene of a crash on I-10 and mile marker 160 in New Mexico, just outside of Anthony.

Three lanes on I-10 westbound are closed at this time. New Mexico State Police are on the scene and are routing traffic through the Anthony port.

New Mexico Department of Transportation are requesting that motorists reduce speed and use extreme caution in the area.

Crash briefly closes I-10 near Anthony; 1 person airlifted – Las Cruces Sun

LAS CRUCES An unidentified El Paso man has been hospitalized after jumping out of the car his brother was driving Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 10, near the Anthony Port of Entry.

New Mexico Motor Transportation Police Lt. Janine Trujillo said the car was traveling westbound, probably close to the 75 mile-per-hour speed limit, when the man opened the passenger door and rolled out of the car. His brother, who was visiting from out of state, had tried to grab the man, hoping to keep him in the car.

Trujillo said the two were not fighting when the man leapt.

The man, whom Trujillo estimated was about 40, was airlifted to an El Paso hospital.

Shortly after 2 p.m., the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced all three westbound driving lanes would be closed due to an incident. The lanes reopened before 3 p.m., according to a report from the scene.

The car was driving in the center lane when the man jumped out. He rolled and came to rest in another driving lane but was not hit by traffic.

“He was lucky,” Trujillo said.

The New Mexico Motor Transportation Police operates the port.

NM bars penalized for over-serving before crashes

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Two bars in New Mexico have been fined and had their liquor licenses suspended for over-serving patrons who went on to cause fatal drunken-driving crashes.

The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department’s Alcohol and Gaming Division announced the penalties Tuesday.

The Blue Corn Cafe and Brewery in Santa Fe was fined $10,000 and had its liquor license suspended for 15 days spanning two weekends.

Authorities say bar officials pleaded no contest to over-serving an intoxicated man who then caused a crash that killed two teenage girls and severely injured family members and bystanders.

El Alto Bar and Station in Las Vegas paid a $2,500 fine and ceased serving alcohol for eight days. An administrative citation was issued for over-serving a customer who caused a fatal crash in March 2010.

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Oklahoma man killed in rollover accident in NM

SPRINGER, N.M. (AP) – Authorities say an Oklahoma man is dead after a rollover accident in northeastern New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police say officers responded to a single vehicle crash Monday on State Road 56 just east of Springer.

They say 23-year-old David Matthew Hamilton, of Newcastle, died in the crash.

Authorities say he wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.

Three other Oklahoma residents in the vehicle were hurt, but authorities didn’t immediately know the extent of the injuries.

Police investigators say the driver apparently swerved to avoid hitting a dog, lost control and the vehicle rolled through a steel pipe and cable fence before coming to rest on its wheels.

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Deadly Multi-Vehicle Crash Closes Stretch Of Texas Interstate



PECOS (December 8, 2013) A multiple-vehicle pileup on Interstate 10 in West Texas closed a portion of the highway and claimed at least one life, Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Elena Viramontes said.

The pileup Saturday involved 20 vehicles, she said.

The Texas Department of Transportation said the pileup was a result of icy weather conditions on I-10 westbound at mile marker 192.

The accident occurred about 160 miles east of El Paso and four miles east of the Interstate 20 interchange.

Traffic was diverted onto Highway 285 in Pecos, and some of it into New Mexico.

West Texas and parts of southeastern New Mexico were dealing with dangerously icy roads and freezing temperatures this weekend thanks to a cold front.

NM sheriff’s deputy struck on snowy highway

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A sheriff’s deputy is in critical condition after authorities say he was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic on a snowy New Mexico highway.

New Mexico State Police says Sandoval County sheriff’s deputy Robert Baron was transported to University of New Mexico Hospital following the accident on Interstate 25 near the San Felipe Pueblo.

The crash came as a storm system swept through parts of New Mexico on Thursday, dumping up to 6 inches of snow across the state and causing dangerous driving conditions, school closures and delays.

National Weather Service forecasters say snowfall accumulations in some areas could reach 6 to 8 inches. Torrance County and north toward Las Vegas are expected to be the hardest-hit areas. A winter storm warning was in effect until 11 p.m.

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Air Force drone crashes near base in New Mexico

ALALMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) – The Air Force says one of its Predator drones crashed on the White Sands Missile Range during a training exercise from Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo.

Cause of the crash Wednesday is under investigation but the Air Force says the MQ-1B drone assigned to the 49th Wing experienced what was called “an in-flight emergency.”

According to the Air Force, the drone then flew a pre-programed path away from human activity until it crashed.

The Air Force says no one was injured and that no private property was affected.

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