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Vega, NM – Two Killed in Multi-Vehicle Crash on I-40

by | Mar 1, 2023 | Wrongful Death | 0 comments

Vega, NM (March 1, 2023) – A pileup collision in the Vega area resulted in two fatalities and two injuries on Monday, February 27. 

At around 7:40 a.m., the deadly crash took place on Interstate 40, about 10 miles outside of Vega. It was first reported that a 2015 GMC Sierra pickup truck driven by 82-year-old Olin Hood of Ojai, California, was stopped on the interstate. The truck was then rear-ended by a 2019 Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer operated by 37-year-old Cain Rangel-Ramirez of Bakersfield, California. 

After this initial crash, 31-year-old Frantz Maxi of Covington, Georgia, was operating a Freightliner tractor-trailer. Maxi veered to the left of the center and collided with the semi-trailer. This impact caused both rigs to catch on fire. 

Both Rangel-Ramirez and Hood were left with fatal injuries and pronounced dead at the scene. Maxi and a passenger in the Freightliner, later identified as 28-year-old Edwin Theodora of Lehigh Acres, Florida, were taken by ambulance to Amarillo Northwest Texas Hospital. No updates on their conditions have been provided at this time. 

An ongoing investigation into the cause of the collision is underway. 

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of Olin Hood and Cain Rangel-Ramirez at this time.  Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.

Deadly Trucking Accidents in New Mexico

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Note: Our team used secondary sources when creating this post. These sources include but are not limited to local and state police reports, local news reports, social media platforms, and eyewitness accounts about the accident described. Our team has not independently verified all the facts surrounding this accident.  For this reason, if you locate any information that is incorrect, please let us know immediately so that we can correct the error. We will remove a post if requested. 

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