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One killed in I-40 accident Sunday

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Lebanon Police are continuing their investigation into a one-vehicle accident that claimed the life of one man.

The accident happened on Interstate 40 in Lebanon about 10:45 a.m., Sunday, said Lebanon Police Officer Steve Green.

A 1996 Ford Ranger pickup truck was headed east on I-40 with three Hispanic males inside. Green said the tread on one of the truck’s tires blew off causing the vehicle to veer off the roadway where it struck an embankment and overturned ejecting Crispin Amayo, 27, who was declared dead at the scene.

The other two occupants, Filiberto Sanchez, 24, and Elpidio Choncoa-Lara, 25, received minor injuries and were expected to be released from the hospital on Tuesday.

Green said Sanchez and Choncoa-Lara were wearing their seat belts while Amayo was not wearing his at the time of the accident.

There was no indication of alcohol or speeding as contributing to the cause of the accident, the officer said, noting the tread coming off the tire is to blame.

Green said he is trying to determine who was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident, but no criminal charges are expected to be filed.

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