Rollover kills six people

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A single-vehicle rollover accident that happened Sept. 1 on U.S. Highway 60 has claimed six lives, according to the Socorro County Sheriff's Department.

SCSD Undersheriff Les Torres said a 2-year-old and a 20-year-old died in the hospital from injuries sustained in the accident, in addition to the four people already reported deceased. Funeral services were held Monday and Wednesday, Torres said.

The crash, near mile marker 123 approximately 10 miles west of Socorro, involved a 1998 Dodge pickup driven by 42-year-old Fred Apachito, of Magdalena, according to a news release issued by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. Eight other people were in the truck besides Apachito.

Fred Apachito; his daughter-in-law Delrena Apachito, 25, of Magdalena; and Shaijon Apachito, 3, of Magdalena, Delrena's son and Fred's grandson, were killed Sept. 1. Delrena Apachito was five months' pregnant. Trenique Apachito, 12, died Sept. 2 from injuries sustained in the accident.

New Mexico State Police and SCSD deputies responded to the accident about 7:23 a.m. Sept. 1. Initial investigation conducted by NMSP determined the vehicle, traveling westbound, had crossed onto the eastbound lane of traffic then struck a culvert on the shoulder of the roadway, causing it to roll once. Apachito may have fallen asleep, and alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor.

Three women survived the crash but their condition was not known as of press time.

SCSD Deputy Ed Sweeney said none of the occupants were utilizing seat belts or car seats. He said the vehicle was an extended cab pickup with some passengers were riding in the bed of the truck.