Teacher, three students injured in rollover

CNJ staff

Three Socorro High School students and their teacher received minor injuries in an early morning single-vehicle rollover near Tucumcari Tuesday.

The crash occurred at 6:45 a.m. on I-40 near Mile Marker 330, outside of Tucumcari, according to State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock.

Bryan Mitchell, 48, was eastbound when the 2005 Ford Excursion he was driving traveled into the median. Glascock said Mitchell overcorrected and the vehicle rolled, coming to rest in the eastbound lanes.

Mitchell received a citation for careless driving.

He told officers he swerved to avoid hitting a coyote in the road.

Glascock said officers did not find evidence of a coyote at the scene of the crash.

Mitchell and three 17-year-old male students were on their way to a Future Farmers of America convention in Oklahoma City.

All the vehicle occupants were transported to Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari where they were treated for minor injuries, he said.