Freedom New Mexico
State police said hazardous road conditions played a role in the deaths of a Clovis woman and an Idaho man in two separate crashes Thursday.
Jackelyn Zimmerman, 67, of Clovis died from injuries suffered in a head on-collision near Santa Rosa.
George Bellinghiere, 69, of Nampa, Idaho, died after losing control of his pickup truck on icy I-40 and slamming into a rock wall.
“Travelers still continue to travel at excessive speeds that are extremely hazardous,” Lt. Eric Garcia, State police public information officer, said. “That is what happened in Santa Rosa with the Clovis residents. He was traveling faster then he should have been.”
Donald L. Zimmerman was eastbound on I-40 when his mini van hit a patch of ice sending the vehicle into a spin, police said.
Garcia said the Zimmerman vehicle was then struck head-on by a tractor-trailer driven by Charles Foster, 54, of Brownfield, Texas.
Foster was treated for minor injuries.
Bellinghiere was westbound on U.S. I-40 near milepost 367 just east of Tucumcari when he lost control of his 1999 Dodge pick-up pulling a traveler trailer.
“Their was ice and snow there,” Garcia said. “There were patches of ice all over the place.”
Bellinghiere slid off the road hitting a 30 foot rock wall, then both the trailer and pick-up rolled.
Bellinghiere was pronounced dead at the scene.