Eddy County, NM - On April 5, 2019 at about 10:30 a.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on State Road 128 around mile post 1 east of Loving.

The initial investigation indicated a Chevy SUV driven by Matthew Daniel Thomas (28) of El Paso, TX was traveling east on State Road 128. For unknown reasons, the Chevy SUV crossed the center line into the opposing west bound traffic of State Road 128 and crashed into the rear trailer axels of an International tractor trailer that was traveling west on State Road 128.

Thomas sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. The driver of the tractor trailer was uninjured. Alcohol does not appear to have been a contributing factor in the crash. The crash is still under investigation with no additional information currently available.