New Mexico Farmer Dies in Collision with Fire Truck

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) -- A Curry County farmer was killed in a head-on collision with a fire truck on its way to fight a grass fire.

LaRoy Lockmiller, 64, was killed Sunday northwest of Clovis, state police said.

The fire truck's driver, Clovis firefighter Robert Seno, and two other firefighters inside did not see Lockmiller's vehicle because of low visibility due to smoke from the grass fire, state police said.

The three firefighters were uninjured, authorities said.

The fire, which started about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, burned about 640 acres in a wheat field, Bill Baca of the Clovis Fire Department said.

The blaze began when a combine heated up and sparked a flame in the field, authorities said.

Lockmiller's daughter Tammy Northcutt said her father was going out to survey the damage from the fire and help his neighbor fight the blaze.

Lockmiller owned land just north of burned area, state police said.