Wrong-Way Driver Hits N.M. Med Unit at 100 MPH

SANTA FE, N.M. --

The northbound lanes of Interstate 25 were closed from Cerillos Road to St. Francis for several hours on Monday after a fatal head-on crash.

A wrong-way car was headed southbound in the northbound lanes when it collided head-on with a medical transport unit around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. I-25 was closed until 1:30 p.m.

Investigators said speed played a role in the crash, as the wrong-way car was traveling more than 100 mph. Because of the force of the crash, investigators said two passengers were ejected from the vehicle that was headed southbound.

One of the passengers died, while the other was transported to the hospital. Investigators are still trying to determine which one of the two was driving the car.

The firefighter driving the medical transport unit was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital.

Investigators are unsure if alcohol factored into this crash.

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