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Two now dead in head-on collision on Old Las Vegas Highway near Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M. — Authorities now say two people died in this morning’s head-on crash on Old Las Vegas Highway east of Santa Fe.

The sheriff’s office says it appears a GMC Yukon driven west by a 70-year-old Larry Chambles, left the roadway, over-corrected and crossed into the eastbound lanes and struck a Ford Taurus driven by Collette Tiner, head-on. The wreck took place about 11 a.m.

Tiner, 44, was pronounced dead at the scene. Chambles died later at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.



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Old Las Vegas Highway is closed in both directions near the Sunrise General Store and is expected to remain closed for several hours after a two vehicle, head-on fatal accident just after 11 a.m. this morning.



The sheriff’s office’s Fatal Accident Investigation Team has just arrived on the scene, said Major Ken Johnson. The crash involved two vehicles, each with a single occupant. The female driver of a passenger vehicle was killed after colliding with an SUV driven by a man, who was taken to a local hospital with possibly life-threatening injuries, said Johnson.

Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in the crash, said Johnson. The crash is under investigation.


Deputies are at the scene of a fatal traffic accident on Old Las Vegas Highway near the Sunrise General Store that occurred at about 11:00 a.m. this morning.

The accident may involve several vehicles and is believed to be head-on crash, the sheriff’s office said. Preliminary reports indicate one person was killed and there may be injuries.

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