SANDIA PUEBLO, N. M. (KRQE) - Three people died late Thursday morning when a sports carcrossed the median into oncoming traffic on Interstate 25 betweenAlbuquerque and Bernalillo.
A man in the sports car heading north and two women in asouthbound car died in the crash, Sandoval County Undersheriff TimLucero told KRQE News 13. The fatalities were just the latestinvolving vehicles going one way crossing the unprotected medianinto traffic going the other way.
Deputies identified the two women as Joan Anton, 72, and DoraBoyd, 73, from Torreón in western Sandoval County. Theman in the sports car was from Colorado, but his name will not bereleased until his family is notified.
The crash shut down southbound I-25 for 3 1/2 hours.
The crash took place around 11 a.m. a few miles south ofBernalillo. The Lotus disintegrated in the collision whilethe women's car ended up on its top.
The sheriff's office would not confirm reports the Lotus wasspeeding when it swerved into the median and tumbled into the pathof the oncoming car.
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