Sandoval Co, NM - Impaired Driver Causes Injury Crash on I-25
Sandoval Co, NM (August 29, 2019) - A two-car collision on Interstate 25 southbound in the area of Cochiti Pueblo resulted in the closure of all southbound lanes for several hours. The incident took place on Tuesday morning around 6:30 a.m.
Based on preliminary reports, a BMW and a pickup truck that was towing a travel trailer collided south of Exit 22 in Sandoval County.
Officers from the New Mexico State Police, as well as the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Department, both responded to the dispatch call alerting them to the accident. Road crews were also present and worked diligently to clean up the wreckage.
All southbound lanes remained closed until around 10:30 a.m. when the vehicles and debris from the collision were cleared out of the roadway and it was once again drivable.
The driver of the pickup truck, Pascual Vazquez, a 32-year-old resident of Denver, displayed several indications that he was intoxicated. He has since been arrested by state police and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, driving without any car insurance, failure to wear a seatbelt, and driving without working rear lights.
At this time there is no further information concerning the medical status of anyone who was involved in this accident. Local authorities are still investigating the incident.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Car Crashes in Sandoval County
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