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Carlsbad Man Killed in Early Morning Accident

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NewsWest 9

NEAR CARLSBAD, N.M. - A Carlsbad man was killed in an early morning rollover accident near Carlsbad.

The accident happened in the area of Smedley Road and Tidwell Road around 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

New Mexico State Police tell NewsWest 9, a 2008 Ford pickup was traveling east on Smedley Road when the vehicle drifted across the westbound lanes and onto the shoulder. The driver then overcorrected, causing the vehicle to travel back across both lanes of travel and struck a steel pole.

We’re told 38-year-old Abel Anaya of Carlsbad, New Mexico, died on the scene.

Officials say that Anaya was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident and alcohol appears to be a factor in the accident.