Nolan County crash: Fundraising underway for seriously injured N.M. man


SWEETWATER. Texas - Sam Lucero is fighting for his life.

The Farmington, N.M. man remains in critical condition in a Lubbock hospital, two days after he was one of two motorists seriously injured in a two-vehicle head-on crash on an icy bridge on Hwy 70, roughly one mile south of Sweetwater .

According to his family, Lucero had been working in Sweetwater - along with his brother - over the past few months as a "contract planner for the power plants."


His condition is so serious that Lucero's family has set up a GoFundMe page - with a goal of raising $10,000.

"His current condition is still very critical and he will require 3-4 more major surgeries at least," daughter Alicia Chavez told KTXS on Wednesday. "He suffered numerous broken bones, including both legs, feet, and hip area. Severe kidney damage."

Chavez said her father is a "devoted family man" who "loves his grandchildren very much."

"The family would like to express their gratitude for all the support during this time," Chavez said.

Also injured in the crash about 7:30 a.m. Monday was Colorado City veterinarian Justin Goebel .

Goebel also remains hospitalized at University Medical Center in Lubbock.

His family and friends talked fondly of him Tuesday .

The accident was so severe that it took 20 minutes for the two drivers to be removed from their vehicles, a Sweetwater Fire Department spokesman said Tuesday.

The highway had to be shut down for nearly an hour after the crash.

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