- Associated Press - Saturday, July 30, 2016

PREWITT, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say a woman has died after a passenger vehicle rear-ended a semi-tractor trailer on Interstate 40 near Prewitt.

New Mexico State Police say the incident happened around 1 p.m. Friday.

Investigators say it appears the semi was merging onto an eastbound lane when the other car, also going east, hit it.

A passenger in the front seat of the car suffered severe injuries and died at the scene.

Authorities identified her as 52-year-old Helen Larry of Pillow Crest.

The three others in that care were transported to hospitals. But their injuries are not life-threatening.

The semi driver was not hurt.

Investigators say alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

The crash remains under investigation.

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