ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department reports that alcohol and speed were contributing factors in a single-vehicle crash on I-25 north of the Big I Tuesday morning that killed two children. According to police, the APD Motor Unit responded to the crash around 4 a.m. and found two children under the age of 10 had died.
Authorities say following an at-scene investigation, motor officers determined the vehicle involved in the crash had entered the northbound flyover from westbound I-40 at a high rate of speed. APD states the vehicle continued westbound across northbound I-25 lanes after the flyover and struck the concrete barrier.
According to APD, there were four children and two 23-year-old women in the vehicle. A boy who was younger than one and a girl younger than 10 were killed in the crash.
Two of the children were transported to the University of New Mexico Hospital and one is in critical condition. Both adults were also transported to UNMH and the driver is in critical condition. APD says one of the women admitted they were both drinking.
Police say one woman was the mother of two of the children and the other woman was the mother of the other two children. Both lost a child in the crash.
Authorities say the DWI Unit is working with the District Attorney to pursue criminal charges. This case is still under active investigation.