Thursday, July 30, 2009

Woman Dies In I-25 Rollover Near Bernardo

Mountain Mail reports
Officers from the Socorro County Sheriff’s Department assisted State Police and rescue workers with a rollover accident involving a fatality on Interstate 25 on Tuesday morning.
Carole E. Tapp, 38, of Luther, Okla., was fatally injured when the vehicle in which she was a passenger crashed.
According to State Police, the crash occurred just before 9 a.m. on the southbound lanes near mile marker 175, just south of the Bernardo exit.
Barry Tapp, 62, was traveling southbound in his 2008 Ford pickup pulling a trailer when he lost control of the vehicle after he fell asleep, and he drove into the median.
The police report said Tapp overcorrected back onto the roadway, putting the pickup and trailer into a counterclockwise skid, subsequently rolling multiple times and coming to rest on its roof.
“During the rolling of the pickup and trailer, the driver and passenger were partially ejected and rolled with the pickup,” the report stated.
Barry Tapp was airlifted to University Medical Hospital in Albuquerque for severe body lacerations, and he was listed in critical condition as of press time. Carole Tapp was pronounced dead on scene by the state Office of the Medical Investigator.
Police said seatbelts were used at the time of the crash, and alcohol was not a contributing factor.

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