- Associated Press - Sunday, June 22, 2014

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico state police investigators say alcohol appears to be a contributing factor in a crash that killed two people in Rio Arriba County earlier this week.

Sgt. Damyan Brown says the crashed happened Thursday evening along U.S. Highway 84. A Ford pickup traveling north crossed into the southbound lane and hit a car head on.

The two people in the car were pronounced dead at the scene. They have since been identified as 23-year-old Leo Gurule of Espanola and 45-year-old Carlos Archuleta of Santa Cruz.

The driver of the pickup was taken into custody, but police have yet to identify the driver or provide any details about what charges the driver might face.

Brown says the crash remains under investigation.



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