Why There Old Truck?

Driving one of my favorite routes from here to Colorado, I always pass this place and wonder about the old truck cab partially buried in the dry drainage bed. Is the rest of it covered by decades of soil? What places did it go and what did its drivers see over the years of its service? Did it end up stuck in the mud there during a failed crossing after heavy rains?

My first trip to this part of New Mexico didn't happen until the mid 1960s. It seemed so remote and wild back then. Few roads were paved and they've always been narrow, paved or not, in these rural areas. That old truck might have still been in service then.