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Two Car Crashes Take Lives this Week

Submitted by jrlaw on Aug 13th, 2008

Transmountain Road in El Paso, Texas is open to traffic again after clean-up crews cleaned up the scene of a car crash that happened Tuesday morning on the Westside. Around 7 this morning, a truck and car crashed into each other in a head on collision. The vehicles came to a rest on their sides by the road, so traffic was totally blocked off while officials cleaned up.

Two people were injured and taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

In other news, a man from Louisiana lost control of his car on Interstate 10 and drove into a canal in heavy rain on Monday morning. He died despite the efforts of other drivers who jumped into the water to save him. A post-mortem examination revealed that the cause of death was blunt-force trauma caused by his car slamming into a culvert. Blunt-force trauma is a common cause of death for car crashes.

"We did an autopsy because we weren't sure if he died of drowning or the accident, but it was the accident," Hancock County Coroner Norma Stiglet said. It was noted that the man was wearing his safety belt at the time of the crash.

A witness said that the man lost control of his vehicle and slid off of the roadway. No one is sure why he lost control.

The man was likely dead already by the time rescuers made it into the water, but they kept talking to him and thought that he might be still alive. They kept his head suspended out of the water in his car, and then helped remove him when emergency workers arrived. Several people tried to revive the man with mouth to mouth resuscitation.

A family member said that the man was returning to his sister's home in Louisiana when the accident happened. No other information was available at this time.

These car crashes remind us that it is very important to drive safely, especially in inclement weather. Always adhere to the rules of the road and be extra cautious when driving through heavy rains.

For more information about car crashes, visit http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov.