Thursday, March 11, 2010

Quemado Crash Results In Rollover

Mountain Mail reports

QUEMADO -- A 24-year-old Quemado woman was seriously injured in a one-car rollover crash Thursday, March 4 and had to be airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, according to officer James Hammond of the New Mexico State Police.
The crash occurred around 6 p.m. last Thursday on Highway 32 at mile marker 31. Alaundra Strang was driving a 2005 Dodge four-door pickup. New Mexico State police, Catron County Sheriff’s Office and the ambulance companies in Quemado and Pie Town responded to the accident.
Hammond said the woman received 18 stitches to close a gash in her left arm and that she broke a piece off the vertebrae in her neck that was pressing against the artery. Hammond said Strang was released from the hospital a couple of days ago.
Two of the Strang’s children Miguel Sanchez, 5, and Zorian Strang, 2, were in the backseat in their car seats and not seriously hurt. Felix Vallegos, 19, was in the passenger seat and he was the one who got the kids out of the vehicle, according to the State Police.
Hammond said the woman was pinned and had to be cut out by the paramedics on the scene. All four were taken by ambulance to Springerville, Ariz., and Alaudra Strang was airlifted to Phoenix.
Hammond said there was a little curve in the road and the driver apparently slid on some dirt on the side of the road. On that side was a 20-foot embankment and Hammond believes Strang overcompensated. The officer said the skid marks were 130 feet and the car landed 73 feet from the road.
Hammond said Strang was charged with careless driving and Strang and Vallegos were charged with possession of drug paraphanelia.

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