NM 502 crash was in unusual spot on the road

Updated: 08/27/2014 10:20 PM | Created: 08/27/2014 9:50 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

LOS ALAMOS -- People who live or work in Los Alamos often use Highway 502 for their commute. Monday, though, the road was blocked after witnesses say they saw a car parked along NM 502 suddenly accelerate and go off a cliff.

Photos show first responders rappelling down the cliff to save two people. Santa Fe County sheriff's deputies said the responders found Zachary Sanchez and Andrea Harvier at the bottom of the cliff. Both had been ejected from the vehicle and were taken to the hospital, where Sanchez was listed in stable condition and Harvier was listed in critical condition.

Many drivers say they've never seen anything like it on the patch of road where the accident happened. An engineer with the Department of Transportation says speed limit signs and guardrails in the area were, and still are, in good condition.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office is still investigating how it happened. They hope to do interviews Thursday to determine the cause.

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