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BREAKING: Five area youths injured in I-25 wreck

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By Martin Salazar

Five Las Vegas youths were transported to a Santa Fe hospital Wednesday afternoon after the vehicle they were traveling in crashed into a median on Interstate 25 between Pecos and El Dorado and rolled several times, according to state police.

The driver of the vehicle, 18-year-old Ty Lewis, sustained the worst of the injuries — an apparent skull fracture, Sgt. Tim Johnson said. But he added that at this point, it appears that he is going to be fine.

Lewis is a graduating senior at Robertson High School.

Four other youths in the vehicle sustained minor injuries, Johnson said. All were transported to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. Their names were not immediately available.

The accident occurred at about 2 p.m. The vehicle was headed south on I25 when it struck the median near mile marker 294.

"Speed may have been an issue," Johnson said. "The driver went into the median, overcorrected, wheels caught, and they rolled over a few times. The vehicle came to rest in the median."

Johnson said alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash. He also said that all of the youths were wearing seat belts, which prevented them from being ejected.