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Elderly woman crashes into center

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A woman crashed her vehicle into the Billy the Kid visitor’s center on Wednesday. (Tom Ruiz Photo/Real Country W105)

RUIDOSO DOWNS — Village of Ruidoso police were dispatched to a single-vehicle accident at the Billy the Kid Scenic Byways Visitors Center at about 1 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Ruidoso Police Department Chief of Police Darren Hooker, an elderly woman lost control of her vehicle heading west on U.S. Route 70 and swerved into the building, which is owned by the village and has been vacant for quite some time.

Normally, Ruidoso Downs police would have responded to the accident, however, they had been dispatched to a shooting, and asked Village of Ruidoso police to assist them with the accident.

The elderly woman refused to be transported to the hospital and instead was treated at the scene. The Hubbard Museum of the American West, which is located directly across the visitor center, was not damaged from the accident.