Alcohol suspected in fatal crash on I-25

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Socorro County

On Aug. 27, 2012 at 10:30 p.m., New Mexico State Police Officers responded to a three vehicle fatal crash on I-25 seven miles south of Socorro.

Officers arrived to find that a 2002 Cadillac was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes when it struck a 2003 Honda. The Cadillac came to rest in the middle of the southbound lanes and was then struck by a 1996 GMC van.

Bertha Sanchez (42) of El Paso, a passenger in the 2003 Honda was pronounced deceased at the scene. Three other passengers of the Honda were taken to Socorro General Hospital and one was flown to UNMH in Albuquerque and is in critical-stable condition. Two passengers of the GMC van were transported to El Paso with minor injuries.

The driver of the 2002 Cadillac, Reyes Duran (21) of Socorro, was taken to Socorro General Hospital with minor injuries treated and released. Duran was then arrested by State Police for DWI.

Alcohol was a contributing factor in this crash.