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Amber Alert

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Multi-vehicle crash blocks I-10 near Sierra Blanca

A major traffic crash involving one semi-tractor trailers, one RV, two pickups and two cars blocked Interstate 10 West near Sierra Blanca, Texas, for several hours this morning, Department of Public Safety and Hudspeth County dispatchers confirmed. One unidentified person died in the accident. Two pickups heading toward El Paso collided near mile mark 95, west of the border patrol station. The drivers exited their vehicles and while they were surveying the damage, an 18-wheeler headed toward them, unable to stop and slammed into both pickups. That started a chain of events, in which three more vehicles crashed, but sustained minor damage.

Four people, including an infant, were taken to Thomason. One man was taken to a hospital in Culberson County. One person died.

Three of the victims are believed to be from Van Horn.

Hudspeth County Sheriff Department is investigating.

Traffic is still tied up in the area. Only one lane is open in each direction. Westbound traffic is backed up for at least one mile.

Though some lanes are now open, the left lane of I-10 West between mile marker 94 and mile marker 102 remains closed.Source