BARSTOW, Texas — Police say a driver fell asleep, crossed the center stripe of Interstate Highway 20 in west Texas, and struck another vehicle head on — killing two people and injuring four others.
The crash occurred earlier this week, on February 10, 2020, at 7:27 a.m., on Business Interstate Highway 20 approximately 2.5 miles west of Barstow, Texas, which is located in between Odessa and El Paso in Ward County.
22-year-old Matthew K. McKenzie of Canton, Mississippi, was driving a 2017 Ford F-250 eastbound on Business Interstate 20 when he fell asleep, crossed the center stripe, and struck a 2019 Nissan Titan head on, Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Oscar Villarreal told MyTexasDaily.com citing preliminary crash investigation.
The driver of the Titan, 37-year-old Horacio Acosta-Ramirez, and a passenger, 55-year-old Rene M. Cruz of Odessa, Texas, were both pronounced deceased at the scene by Ward County Justice of the Peace Elizabeth Polanco.
McKenzie and three other passengers in the Ford F-250 were injured with what were described as non-incapacitating injuries and transported to area hospitals. They were identified by police as 33-year-old Manuel Brandon of Cave City, Arkansas, 36-year-old Jeremy Robinson of Toomsuba, Mississippi, and 24-year-old William Deonte of Greenville, Mississippi.
All individuals involved in the crash were wearing their seat belts, according to preliminary crash investigation, which stated the weather was clear and the roadway was dry.