Family riding in camper injured in crash

September 4, 2018

Santa Fe police responded to a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 25 early Monday morning that left four people riding in a camping trailer as it was towed by a truck with minor injuries and the truck’s driver with a citation, a police spokesman said.

Police Chief Andrew Padilla said a mother and father and their two children were riding in the trailer while a grandparent drove the truck.

At about 7 a.m., the truck struck a traffic barrier near the southbound St. Francis Drive exit on I-25, causing the trailer to jackknife, Padilla said. The trailer disconnected and ended up on its side, he said.

The father went to the hospital with a broken arm, while the rest of the family had scrapes and bruises, Padilla said.

Police closed one of the southbound lanes on I-25 to respond to the crash, Padilla said.

Steve Guzman, 57, of California, drove the truck and was cited with careless driving, Padilla said. It is illegal in New Mexico for people to ride in campers as they’re towed, he said, adding it’s an uncommon practice.

“We usually don’t come across situations like this until someone is involved in an accident,” Padilla said. “There’s no restraints in the back of a camper, so if a vehicle is involved in a crash, those people in the trailer will get harmed.”

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