One woman was killed and five others were hurt in a recent crash on Interstate 25 near Santo Domingo Pueblo. According to Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Keith Elder, the accident occurred when a southbound automobile struck the back of a U-Haul trailer that was being pulled by a pick-up truck. The impact reportedly caused the truck to roll. As a result of the collision, three passengers, including 51-year-old Susan Kratt, were ejected. Kratt reportedly died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the accident.
Following the crash, emergency responders transported the 23-year-old driver of the car, Miles Martinez, to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe via emergency helicopter. Rescue crews purportedly took the driver of the truck, 50-year-old Karl Kratt, and two other passengers, 52-year-old Antoinette Burns and 13-year-old Alissa Touart, to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque by ambulance. Another passenger in the truck, 48-year-old Roy Burns, was also airlifted to the same hospital.
The exact cause of the fatal collision is currently under investigation. Although it is reportedly unclear what caused Martinez to lose control of his vehicle, Elder stated police do not believe alcohol played a role in the incident. Police are also reportedly uncertain how many truck occupants were wearing safety belts when the crash occurred.
Every year, car accidents are one of the leading causes of personal injury and death in New Mexico. Unfortunately, an unexpected automobile crash with a careless, negligent, or inattentive driver can occur at any time. Too often, car accident victims are left with catastrophic or disabling injuries. Anyone who was hurt due to another driver’s negligence on a New Mexico roadway may be eligible to collect compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, any resulting disability, pain and suffering, and other damages. If your loved one was killed in a car crash, you may also be eligible to recover for his or her wrongful death. A skilled New Mexico car accident attorney can explain your rights and help you file your case.
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