One-vehicle rollover snarls traffic

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Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said alcohol may have been a factor

By John Severance

The Santa Fe County Sheriffís Office said alcohol may have been a contributing factor in a one-vehicle rollover crash that snarled traffic on NM 502 Tuesday afternoon.
Corporal Bill Ritch said Wednesday morning that Dolores Montano, 61, of Los Alamos, was driving east on NM 502 when she lost control of her vehicle, crossed the median and hit the guard rail. The vehicle flipped over the guard rail into a ditch at mile post 9, near the Totavi 66 gas station.
Montano was extricated from her 1965 Ford Mustang and taken by helicopter to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe. Hospital officials declined to release any information on her condition Wednesday morning.
Ritch said investigating officers believe alcohol was a contributing factor and that a blood sample was obtained for testing at the hospital.
“The results are pending,” Ritch said. “She was not booked but she was taken to the hospital to be treated for her injuries.”
The extent of Montano’s injuries was not known.
Ritch said the accident occurred at 4:21 p.m. and the road was closed in both directions until 5 p.m.
Traffic was backed up more than a mile in the eastbound lane as commuters made their home from work.
Three Los Alamos County police and fire units were on the scene as well as the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department.
“We were down there directing traffic for about 30 to 45 minutes and the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office was handling the investigation,” said Los Alamos Police Sgt. James Martinez.