ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A teenage driver and a 12-year-old girl have died in a head-on crash south of Roswell, according to authorities.
New Mexico State Police said the crash occurred about 2:30 p.m. on state Highway 2.
State Police said their initial investigation indicates an SUV driven by a 33-year-old Roswell man attempted to pass another vehicle and collided with a passenger car.
The car caught fire and the 17-year-old female driver and her 12-year-old passenger — both from Dexter, N.M. — were pronounced dead at the scene, State Police said.
The names of the girls haven’t been released.
The SUV driver sustained injuries believed to be non-life threatening and was transported to an area hospital.
State Police said alcohol and-or drugs appear to have been a factor in the crash and charges could be pending for the unidentified driver.