POSTED: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 11:19am
UPDATED: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 5:30pm
EL PASO- A military vehicle collided with a white transport van on highway 54 early Thursday morning.
The 2010 white transport van had a total of 8 occupants inside. The driver, a guard and 6 prisoners were headed northbound on Gateway north approaching the intersection of Stan Roberts Blvd.
Police were notified at 9:03 am and they responded at 9:04am
A 2010 US Army MRAP, driven by 23 year old Bradley Crawford, was traveling westbound on Stan Roberts when it entered into the intersection of Gateway Blvd. north and failed to yield the right of way to the white van.
The front of the MRAP collided with the right side passenger door of the Econoline Van. The front seat passenger in the Econoline Van, 34 year old Imelda Diaz, was transported to William Beaumont Army Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. No one in the MRAP was injured.
One witness, Aaron Burns stopped on the side of the road. "When we drove by this morning, we saw about 10 prisoners laying on the ground in front of a bus that was there. The ambulances and fire trucks were pulling up and we just weren't sure what happened."
The 6 prisoners appear to have not been wearing seatbelts prior to the crash. All other occupants were secured in their vehicles by safety restraints. All other injuries are believed to be non-life threatening. At this time no charges have been filed.
Highway 54 was closed at Mesquite for a few hours until the accident was cleaned up.