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Byline: Leanne Potts ASSISTANT BUSINESS EDITOR
When a worker is killed on the job in New Mexico, odds are nearly 1 in 3 he died at the wheel of a vehicle.
Motor-vehicle incidents were the No. 1 cause of workplace fatalities in 1998, according to the latest statistics from the New Mexico Workers Compensation Administration.
The trend is not a new one, said Jim Mullen, chief of the Safety Bureau for the agency.
"It's been that way every year," he said. "Motor-vehicle deaths are a real problem."
Out of the 30 people who were killed on the job last year in New Mexico, nine died in motor-vehicle accidents. The workers most often …