A 45-year-old Santa Fe man was fighting for his life late Thursday after a truck he was a passenger in collided with a wooden utility pole in the 7300 block of Old Santa Fe Trail just southeast of El Gancho Way.
Police suspect alcohol was a factor in the single vehicle crash that involved three men in a late model GMC pickup around 3 p.m. Thursday.
Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Joe McLaughlin said the most critically-injured of the three men in the truck was a passenger who suffered severe head injuries and that were considered “potentially life threatening injuries.” He and another passenger — a 35-year-old man — were transported to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for treatment. The 35-year-old had non-life threatening injuries, police say.
McLaughlin said when police arrived, the driver could not be found but open containers of beer were located in the truck. A short time later, however, another Sheriff’s Lieutenant stopped a 44-year-old man believed to be the driver walking along Interstate 25. He was detained and “smelled of alcohol,” McLaughlin said, but not charged while a blood test was pending late Thursday.
Names for the three men were not released late Thursday.
According to investigators, the truck was traveling southeast when it left the roadway along a long curve in the road, colliding head on with the utility pole. No other vehicles were involved.
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