Following a rollover crash in El Paso, at least one person was taken to the hospital and sustained critical injuries. Authorities have confirmed that two vehicles were involved in an accident on Wednesday, August 24th, around 6 a.m. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the crash occurred on Gateway East at Zaragoza, closing all lanes and the exit ramp. One person was ejected and was taken to the hospital with potentially fatal injuries.
El Paso Police also reported that Special Traffic Investigators (STI) were called to the scene. The accident forced the closure of all lanes on Gateway East at Zaragoza, as well as the off-ramp at Zaragoza. Details and names were not released because the investigation is still ongoing.
Anytime there are injuries in a crash, a thorough investigation is necessary to determine what led to the crash. No one involved can move forward without accurate details. Since there are many factors that could lead up to an automobile accident, authorities will need to leave bias behind and turn over every leaf to make sure no details are let go. More obvious causes of a crash such as driving while intoxicated, failure to control speed, road hazards, etc., may be more evident to investigators. When a crash is caused as a result of a criminal violation, there seems to be more likelihood law enforcement will give those accidents the attention they need. Since crashes can also happen because of driver error, distraction, mechanical issues and the like, data stored on the vehicle should be obtained. It can shed light on details not readily observed and that may be the only way to know exactly what happened. Unfortunately, this information is difficult to obtain and is often not included as part of a crash investigation. Victims and their families will be best served by seeking a third party to help piece together the details of a crash, but they need to act quickly to make sure and preserve the data before it has been destroyed.