Four people died Wednesday in a pair of wrecks on State Highway 115 across the Permian Basin, according to the Department of Public Safety.
The first wreck happened around 6:31 a.m. 10 miles north of Andrews on State Highway 115. DPS troopers report a Chevrolet Malibu was traveling north on SH 115 when it entered the southbound lane and collided with a truck-tractor towing a semi-trailer. The driver of the Malibu, Omar E. Padilla-Arrieta, 19, of Odessa died at the scene.
Three people died in a three-vehicle crash farther south on SH 115 around 4:48 p.m., according to DPS. A Ford Focus was traveling north on SH 115 when it failed to yield the right of way and attempted to make a U-turn in front of a Dodge 1500 pick-up at the intersection of SH 115 and 11th street in Pyote.
DPS reports the pick-up struck the Focus and both vehicles struck a truck-tractor that was legally parked and unattended in a nearby lot. Three of the four occupants in the Focus died at the scene. Two – Juan Martinez, 67, and Andrew Martinez, 17 – were from Pecos. The third was Ernestina Martinez-Argumedo of Juarez, Mexico. Another passenger inside the Focus was transported to an Odessa hospital with incapacitating injuries.