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Car Goes Over Cliff, Five Killed

September 7, 2001

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) _ A car racing down an airstrip at a pecan farm plunged off a 700-foot cliff at the end of the runway, killing five people.

Two men and three men, all believed to be in their 20s, died in the crash Thursday night.

The cause of the accident was under investigation.

The runway is used by airplanes that spray the orchards at the farm.

``They were up there on the airport runway traveling at a high rate of speed,″ Sheriff Juan Hernandez said. ``They came to the end of the runway, were not able to stop and ran off the cliff.″

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