FARMINGTON — Two men are dead after a single-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon, according to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.
The crash took place just after 4 p.m. near the 147 mile marker on U.S. Highway 550 south of Bloomfield.
A white passenger car was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 550, said Erik Barlow, a traffic accident reconstructionist for the sheriff's office in a press release. Barlow said witnesses told deputies the car almost collided with a Dodge pick-up truck that was also traveling northbound. The truck was not damaged, and its driver was not injured.
The passenger car then lost control and went over the median and into oncoming traffic. The car veered back into the northbound lands and crossed both lanes of traffic, according to the press release.
"It then veered off the east side of the highway where it hit a natural dirt embankment," Barlow said in the press release. "The passenger car then went airborne before coming to a rest approximately 400 feet down the embankment."
The passenger car had three occupants, a male driver and a male and female passenger.
The driver, Donavan Esquibel, 30, of Kirtland, and the male passenger, Thomas Washburn, 23, of Farmington, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The female passenger was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries, said Beth Utley, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.
The crash is still under investigation. Speed and alcohol are believed to be factors, according to the press release.