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Head-on crash on I-25 injures four

SANTA FE, N.M. — Northbound Interstate 25 reopened in Santa Fe early Thursday following a three-vehicle collision that officials said was caused when a vehicle went the wrong way.

According to officials, the accident occurred Wednesday evening near St. Francis Road. The northbound lanes of I-25 were reopened about seven hours later.

At least four people were transported to a hospital.

The Santa Fe police department’s DWI team was dispatched to the accident site, and city emergency manager Andrew Phelps said it was suspected that alcohol was involved in the crash.

Traffic was diverted onto St. Francis Road during the closure.

What police described as a possible drunken driver caused a head-on collision on Interstate 25 near Santa Fe around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

A Santa Fe police spokeswoman said the driver was a 52-year-old Santa Fe man whose Dodge Stratus crashed into a truck carrying three people – two men and a woman. All four were taken to the hospital. The injuries were serious but not fatal, police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt said.

The Dodge driver was headed south in the northbound lanes.

Westervelt said State Police received a call that a car was traveling erratically near the San Felipe exit before the crash.

The crash occurred near the St. Francis exit. Late Wednesday night, the northbound lanes were closed.