On Sept. 3, 2019 at around 10:34 a.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal head on collision on U.S. Highway 285 at about mile post 357 north of Ojo Caliente.
The initial investigation indicates that a 2004 Chevy driven by Veronica Nicole Trujillo, 25, of Espanola was driving erratically on north bound U.S. 285. For unknown reasons, the Chevy made a U-turn and began driving south bound on U.S. 285, it then crossed the center line and collided head on with a north bound New Mexico Department of Transportation semi-truck.
Trujillo was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor. The driver of the semi-truck was uninjured. This incident remains under investigation by NMSP.