- Associated Press - Monday, September 26, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say two people have died after their vehicles collided head-on in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 25 near Santa Fe.

Forty-four-year-old Clara Avina and 23-year-old Anton Gress, both from Santa Fe, died Saturday night.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office says 911 dispatchers had received several calls about a driver going the wrong way on the highway before the crash.

Avina had been driving south in the northbound lanes when she struck Gress, causing her vehicle to burst into flames.

Deputies arrived to find Gress still conscious but pinned inside his SUV. The engine was on fire and deputies were unable to remove him before the flames engulfed the vehicle.



Authorities say they are investigating alcohol as a factor in the crash.

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