POSTED: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 8:07am
UPDATED: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 11:31am
Police Suspect Speed is a Factor
EL PASO — Four people are in the hospital with serious injuries after an overnight rollover in Northeast El Paso. Police suspect alcohol is a factor in the crash.
The wreck happened shortly after 1:00a.m. Friday on Woodrow Bean and Gateway North.
According to police, a vehicle was speeding along Woodrow Bean when the driver lost control and went airborne. The vehicle rolled onto Gateway North then landed in a ditch.
There were four people inside the car. According to emergency scanners, a 22-year-old woman was thrown out of the car. She was taken to University Medical Center with serious head injuries. A 29-year-old woman was pinned inside the car, and emergency crews had to use the jaws of life to rescue her.
Two males in the vehicle were also injured. According to scanners, a 46-year-old man was also taken to UMC with serious injuries including a possible skull fracture. The age or injuries of the fourth person are unknown.
According to Battalion Chief David Rios with the El Paso Fire Department, 20 firefighters and 4 ambulances were on the scene.
"This became a mass casualty incident due to four patients involved that needed to get transported, utilizing 4 ambulances," said Rios.
Paramedics said at least one person in the vehicle was not wearing a seat belt.
"Most of the time when we have these rollovers or motor vehicle accidents, speed is a factor. That is a common factor" said Rios.