A man and woman from Wisconsin were killed Monday morning in a three-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 54 near Nara Visa, according to New Mexico State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock.
The accident occurred at 11:26 a.m. on U.S. 54 at mile marker 347, west of Nara Visa, said state police public information officer Lt. Eric Garcia.
Jeanette Willians, 77 of Hazelhurst, Wisc. and her brother-in-law Francis Williams, 74 of Mosinee, Wisc., died from injuries they suffered when their 1999 Ford Taurus was struck by a 1998 Buick and then by a semi tractor trailer, Glascock said. Glascock said Francis Williams was driving the Taurus.
Francis Williams was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck. Jeanette Williams died while being transported to Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital.
Also in the Taurus were Francis’ wife Carol Williams and Jeanette’s husband Robert Williams. Both sustained injuries from the accident.
Glascock said the Buick, driven by Dennis Svoboda, 80 of Austin, Minn., was westbound on U.S. 54 when it crossed left-of-center, traveling into the eastbound lane and striking the Taurus. Sharon Johnson, 72, was a passenger in the Buick. Both Svoboda and Johnson are listed in critical condition at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, Texas. A 2001 Peterbilt semi truck, driven by 38-year-old Troy Anderson of Galesville, Wisc., struck the Taurus from behind following the first collision. Glascock did not have information on Anderson's condition.