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New Mexico man and Yuma woman injured in accidents

July 09, 2001|By MARIO RENTER√ćA, Staff Writer

During two separate accidents Sunday and early this morning, a New Mexico man crashed into the back of a pickup being towed by two Ventura residents while a Yuma woman was injured when she lost control of her vehicle and rolled over.

The first incident occurred as Joe Salcido, 19, of Carlsbad, N.M., was traveling west on Interstate 8 about 12:35 a.m. this morning, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Traveling ahead of him were John Richardson, 45, and Tiffany Richardson, 19, both of Ventura, towing a pickup.

Salcido, traveling at speeds of about 75 mph, at first failed to see the vehicle being towed by John Richardson, who was traveling about 55 mph, according to the Highway Patrol.

Once Salcido spotted Richardson's vehicles, he applied his brakes but was unable to prevent the collision, the Highway Patrol reported.

Salcido's vehicle struck the back of Richardson's pickup, which caused the tow bar to brake and the pickup being towed to roll over.

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Richardson complained of pain to his neck while Tiffany Richardson complained of pain to her head. Salcido did not suffer any injuries.

All three were wearing their seat belts.

In a separate incident about 8:35 a.m. Sunday, Maria Armenta, 26, of Yuma was traveling east on Interstate 8 west of Highway 98 in her sport-utility vehicle.

Armenta was traveling in the left lane at a rate of about 70 to 75 mph when her vehicle drifted off the road into the dirt center median, the Highway Patrol reported. She tried to regain control but was unsuccessful.

Her vehicle rolled once and came to rest on its wheels.

There were five individuals in the SUV. Armenta and passenger Lucina Contreras, 61, of Yuma suffered minor injuries and were treated at El Centro Regional Medical Center.

All were wearing their seat belts.

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