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4 Chicago residents die, 3 others hurt in New Mexico crash

August 5, 2019

VAUGHN, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say four Illinois residents are dead and three others injured after a vehicle rollover in New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police say the crash occurred Saturday on U.S. 54 north of the small town of Vaughn.

They say the SUV crossed the highway’s center line into the northbound lane for an unknown reason and then swerved back to the southbound lane before rolling.

State Police say six passengers were ejected and three were declared dead at the scene — 69-year-old Ramon Morales, 17-year-old Daniel Salazar and 10-year-old Natalie Salazar, all from Chicago.

They say 41-year-old Francisco Salazar died while being airlifted to a hospital.

State Police say the 39-year-old driver and two other passengers — a 15-year-old boy and 21-year-old woman — were taken to a hospital for treatment.

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