Posted on Oct 31, 2023

Head-on truck collision in Boone County leaves 2 drivers dead

BOONE COUNTY, NM - The Boone County Sheriff's Office said two truck drivers were killed when their vehicles collided on Monday night.

A Facebook post from the sheriff's office said deputies were dispatched the area of County Road 700 W and State Road 32 at about 8:10 p.m. for a semi explosion.  Two semi-trucks were found to be on fire following a head-on collision.

Both drivers of the tractor-trailers were dead at the scene.  They were identified as 30-year-old Ranjeet Benipal of Fresno, California and 31-year-old Kevin Barrientos of Indianapolis.

The Boone County Sheriff's Office Fatal Alcohol Crash Team responded to the scene along with fire departments who extinguished the blaze. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.