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      2 dead after separate crashes

      Two separate crashes resulted in the deaths of two people Saturday afternoon.

      According to the Amarillo Police Department the first crash occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. Police say 26-year-old Aaron Clay Crawford was traveling eastbound I-40 in a green GMC pickup. The news release confirms the pickup failed to stay within in a single traffic lane, and struck a center barricade before hitting a light pole. Crawford was ejected from the vehicle at I-40 near Georgia Street and was pronounced dead at the scene.

      Police say Crawford was not wearing a seatbelt, and that alcohol is a possible factor in the crash.

      At a second crash site, near the 6200 block of I-27, two motorcycles collided with a blue Toyota Camry. One of the motorcyclists, Thomas Mitchell Moore, died at the scene from his injuries.

      Witnesses told police the two motorcycles were traveling at a high rate of speed. Police say the second motorcyclist left the scene in a private vehicle before police arrived. The second motorcyclist was later located, and is being investigated for leaving the scene of an accident.

      The driver and passenger of the Camry sustained injuries, and were transported to a local hospital.