EDDY COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Eddy county has gained a not so wanted distinction.
It has been named one of the most dangerous places in the state to drive through.
The Carlsbad Current Argus reports there have been seven traffic-related deaths since the beginning of the year.
The department of transportation says Eddy County now ranks behind only Bernalillo and McKinley counties in the number of traffic accident related deaths.
Officials began seeing a rise in crashes a few years ago and believe part of the cause is the increase in number of big trucks on the roadways because of the booming oil industry.