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Multiple people dead after crash in New Mexico, state police say

The single-vehicle crash happened Saturday afternoon near Hatch, authorities said.

Multiple people died in a single-vehicle crash in New Mexico on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

The exact number of people who died in the crash on Interstate 25 near Hatch was not available.

"Police can confirm that there was a single vehicle accident with multiple fatalities involving undocumented individuals," New Mexico State Police spokesperson Wilson Silver said.

A crash reconstruction team was still investigating Saturday night, Silver said.

No additional details about the crash or the victims were immediately available.

The crash closed the highway in both directions for much of the day, according to NBC affiliate KTSM of Albuquerque, but the roadway reopened in the evening.

There are U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints in the area. Spokespeople for U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday night.