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September 24, 2012

Texas crash sends 14 to hospital

By Alex Hinojosa
The El Paso Times

EL PASO, Texas — A four-vehicle accident Friday night in the Lower Valley sent 14 people — three of them seriously injured — to a hospital.

Police dispatchers said that about 10:55 p.m. they began receiving calls about three vehicles blocking the intersection in the 9700 block of Alameda Avenue.

A few minutes later, witnesses clarified and said four vehicles were involved.

When police arrived, they found that everyone involved in the crash was injured.

Further investigation revealed that a 2006 Nissan Altima and a 2003 Ford Escape were eastbound on Alameda, while a 1993 Mercury Tracer, and a 2000 Saturn were westbound.

The driver of the Altima lost control of the car, veered into oncoming traffic and crashed into the westbound vehicles, officials said.

This caused a chain reaction, and the four vehicles crashed into each other.

Nine rescue ambulances at the scene took 14 people to a hospital.

The driver of the Tracer, a rear-seat passenger in the Altima and a rear-seat passenger in the Saturn were seriously injured.

No one died in the multi-vehicle crash, police said, and everyone was wearing a seatbelt.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor, officials said.

The El Paso Police Department's Special Traffic Investigations Unit is investigating the crash.

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