Police: 7th fatality in multi-vehicle New Mexico

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Associated Press

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Updated Friday, May 23 at 10:04 PM

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say the death toll now stands at seven after a fiery multi-vehicle crash along Interstate 10 in southwestern New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police said Friday that they learned from one of the victim's family members that three people were in one car involved in the crash — not two victims as previously reported.

Police say eight vehicles were involved in the crash in Hidalgo County, several miles from the Arizona border.

It came as New Mexico and the region was struck Thursday afternoon by a violent storm system.

Severe weather and large hail caused multiple car wrecks in northern New Mexico on Thursday, and the eastern part of the state saw damaging winds reaching more than 60 mph.

Thick dust was reported in southern New Mexico.

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