Rollover sends two to hospital

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A rollover accident Sunday on U.S. Highway 60 sent the vehicle's human occupants to the hospital and their dog to the animal shelter.

New Mexico State Police are still investigating the accident, District 11 Capt. Jason Green said, and it is not yet known why the vehicle rolled over. Richard Groves, of Albuquerque, was the driver and a passenger was with him in the vehicle; both were transported to Socorro General Hospital by ambulance.

Green said the accident happened near mile post 119 on U.S. 60, and was called in to dispatch at 2:29 p.m. He said NMSP, the Magdalena Marshal's Office and Socorro County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the scene.

SCSD Deputy Lee Armijo, who was among those responding to the scene, said a pickup was towing a small SUV on a trailer when the vehicle rolled. The SUV landed on top of the pickup, and both the driver and passenger were taken to the hospital.

Their dog, however, was trapped inside the vehicle, Armijo said.

"And it was a mean dog," he said.

Armijo thought it looked like a pit bull mix of some kind. A passer-by fashioned a lasso using a pipe and a wire, and Armijo was able to contain the dog and place it in another deputy's vehicle.

The dog was taken to the Socorro Animal Shelter.