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UPDATED: RV Accident Near Gallup Kills Two Interstate Workers

5:16 p.m.: State Police have released the names of the two Interstate-40 workers killed Wednesday morning after a recreational vehicle swerved into the median.

One worker, Johan Marioni, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene, and another, Hermelindo Autunez, 56, died about five hours after the crash at a Gallup hospital after being pinned between the RV and a company truck parked in the median, Valley Fence Company owner Paul Chavez said.

A third worker, foreman Pedro Moreno, 36, was released from a Gallup hospital with broken ribs and other injuries after he was struck by the RV’s sideview mirror, Chavez said.

The RV’s driver, Lee McCray, 67, of Owensville, Ind., could have suffered a medical episode before the crash, police said, and he was taken to a Gallup hospital for a check-up.


Pick up tomorrow’s Albuquerque Journal for more information.


A Recreational Vehicle that swerved into the median on I-40 on Wednesday morning near Gallup struck and killed two New Mexico Department of Transportation workers, and one worker was seriously injured, according to New Mexico State Police.

The RV was heading west and swerved into the median where three subcontractors for Valley Fence Company were preparing to start work, said NMSP spokesman Lt. Robert McDonald.

One of the workers was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other two workers were rushed to a UNM Hospital. One of the workers eventually died from his injuries.

State Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.



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