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13 injured in Monday crash at Bottomless Lakes State Park

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A law enforcement officer examines the scene of a single-vehicle accident involving a 2001 Ford pickup Monday on Bottomless Lakes Road inside Bottomless Lakes State Park, east of Roswell. Thirteen people were transported to local hospitals for what New Mexico State Police said are believed to be non life-threatening injuries. (Alex Ross Photo)

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More than a dozen people were injured Monday evening when a single vehicle overturned while driving through Bottomless Lakes State Park.

Thirteen passengers sustained injuries and were transported to area hospitals. According to a press release issued by New Mexico State Police Tuesday, the 2001 Ford F-150 they were traveling in, after approaching a curve on Bottomless Lakes Road, overturned onto its side, leaving the roadway.

The 13 passengers range in age from 6 to 17 years old. All injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

State Police responded at 6 p.m. Monday to a report of the single-vehicle crash with injuries on Bottomless Lakes Road inside the park, located east of Roswell.

In addition to State Police, the Roswell Police Department, Chaves County Sheriff’’s Office, Roswell Fire Department and Dexter Fire & Rescue were among the agencies that assisted with the response and helped with traffic control.

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Early findings of the investigation, which remains ongoing, indicate the pickup, driven by a 17-year-old male from Roswell, was heading south on Bottomless Lakes Road when it approached a curve, overturned onto its side and left the road, according to the press release. Seat belts appear to have not been utilized by passengers in the pickup and excessive speed is believed to have been a contributing factor in the crash.

The press release states that based on the outcome of the investigation, charges will be pending against the driver of the pickup.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.