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SFPD: Snowplow operator not aware he hit 2 people

SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe police say a man behind the wheel of a city snowplow didn’t know he had struck two people, sending both to the hospital, as he worked to clear the snowy streets Friday evening.

SFPD Deputy Chief Robert Vasquez said the victims, a man in his 80s and woman in her 60s, were both hospitalized but will survive.

Vasquez said police found the snowplow driver, a city employee, and he was relieved by his supervisor.

“He was unaware he struck anybody,” he said.

The snowplow was seized, but Vasquez said the crash is still under investigation and he doesn’t know if charges will be filed against the driver.

The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. at Paseo de Peralta and Galisteo.

Vasquez didn’t know if the man and woman were crossing the road or walking alongside when they were hit.

He said the man was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, and is in stable condition. The woman was released from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe later that night.