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Update: Crash in west El Paso splits vehicle in half; two hospitalized

By: Gina Benitez and Jamel Valencia
EL PASO, Texas - El Paso police believe racing may be to blame for an accident in west El Paso that split a car in two.

KFOX14 arrived at the scene at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday on Resler near Black Ridge Drive.

A dark green-colored vehicle was split in half after crashing into a nearby pole.

See photos of the accident.

"The same pole has been ran into three times because the curb is so out that you really can't see any of the cars," said Pancho Dominguez, a teen who lives nearby.

Dominguez didn't actually witness the crash, but left his house once he heard the commotion.

"I think it might be the worst one of them all because it's the same thing. Cars split in half but this one looks really, really bad," Dominguez said.

Police said the green vehicle involved was speeding, lost control then crashed into a light pole.

"Upon impact with the pole, the vehicle became separated from itself, it split into two pieces, and as a result, one of the passengers, a male occupant of the vehicle, was ejected from the car," said Darrel Petry, spokesperson for the El Paso Police Dept.

The driver of the car was trapped inside the half of the car wrapped around the pole.

"Both were transported to (University Medical Center). Police are being told that their injuries are serious," Petry said.

Police said it's early in the investigation but believe they know what's to blame.

"The green-colored sedan was northbound at a high rate of speed which and may possibly have been racing with another vehicle which is described as a light colored sedan also," Petry said.

"I'm hoping that any of the families out there, I'm very sorry. Hopefully they do get better," Dominguez said.

Because of the severe damage the vehicle sustained, the make and model is not known.

 

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