U.S. 70 accident claims life

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Reed Wheeler, left, and Terry Chavez of the Clovis Fire Department work with Battalion Chief Kevin Crouch, in front, on the scene of a fatal auto accident Friday afternoon on U.S. 70 and Center School.

CNJ Staff

A 62-year-old Hobbs man died in a one-vehicle accident Friday on U.S. 70 south of Clovis, according to a New Mexico State Police accident report.

Lee R. Gaylor was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Gaylor was traveling south on U.S. 70 in the outside lane at about 3:45 p.m. when he changed lanes to avoid a rear-end collision with a vehicle turning onto Curry Road 6, the accident report stated.

Entering the inside lane, Gaylor overcorrected the 1998 Lincoln Towncar he was driving, lost control and collided with a power utility pole about two miles south of Clovis, the report stated.

He was wearing his seat belt, the report stated.