Police ID victims in I-40 crash in New Mexico as Arizona couple

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) -- Authorities say two people killed after their vehicle rolled over on a New Mexico interstate were from Arizona.

New Mexico State Police say 67-year-old George Olsen and 66-year-old Paulette Olsen died at the scene Saturday morning when their Ford pickup veered off Interstate 40.

Both were residents of Fountain Hills, Arizona.

Police say the pickup was traveling westbound on I-40, about 20 miles east of Tucumcari, when it left the roadway for an unknown reason.Authorities believe the driver overcorrected, leading to the rollover.

Both victims were ejected. Neither one was wearing a seat belt. Police have not determined who was driving.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

Police say the cause was driver inattention.

Tucumcari is about a 9.5-hour drive from Fountain Hills.