Fatal Head-On Crash in Lea County


Lea County, NM – On April 26, 2019 at about 2:29 a.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal head-on crash on New Mexico Highway 128 at around mile post 49 north west of Jal. 


The initial investigation shows a 2018 Toyota truck, driven by Emmanuel Bridges (38) of Universal, TX was travelling east on New Mexico Highway 128 near mile post 49.  For reasons that are still under investigation, the Toyota crossed into the west bound lane of traffic. The Toyota collided head-on with a 2015 International semi-truck that was traveling west on New Mexico Highway 128.  Emmanuel Bridges sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator.


The driver of the International, a thirty-one-year old male was taken to an area hospital for injuries not believed to be life threatening.  



Alcohol does not appear to be a factor and seatbelts appear to have been properly utilized. No additional information is available at this time. 






Lieutenant Mark Soriano

New Mexico State Police

Public Information Officer

Public Relations Outreach – Unit




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