Four-car pileup Thursday sends four to hospital
Four people were injured Thursday morning in a four-car pileup that occurred in front of the post office on Hudson Street.
Two cars on the inside lane heading north on Hudson Street were waiting for a pedestrian to cross the street in the crosswalk from the post office to the laundromat when the crash happened, according to Silver City Police Capt. Freddie Portillo.
“The witness [the pedestrian who was crossing the street] stated the first two vehicles were stopped for pedestrians and the last two vehicles struck the other two,” Portillo said.
This resulted in a four-car pileup that closed both northbound lanes from 7:40 until 9:10 a.m. The inside, southbound lane was also closed during that time, while traffic was allowed to continue on the outside lane.
Portillo said four passengers from the third car in the pileup complained of minor neck and head injuries. They were transported by EMS to Gila Regional Medical Center. Portillo said there were no injuries to the individuals in the other vehicles or the pedestrian.
The two drivers who caused the crash are being charged with careless driving, Portillo said. The names of the drivers have not been released.
This is just the latest incident of a crash on Hudson Street in recent months. On Sept. 20, Rachel Weatherbie was hit by a car just before 9 p.m. while crossing Hudson Street between the Murray Ryan Visitor Center and the Snappy Mart. She had to be airlifted to University Medical Center in El Paso. She has since been released but is still recovering from her injuries. At the time of that crash, six streetlights to the north and south of the intersection were out. Since then, PNM has repaired four of the lights; however, two of the lights nearest the Visitor Center remain out.
In 2014, Annie Crawford, owner of Twin Sisters Cycling and Fitness on Bullard Street, was also hit by a car while crossing Hudson Street in the middle of the day and was nearly killed. She faced a six-month recovery before she was able to reopen her downtown shop.
Kathy Serna, the driver who hit Crawford, pleaded guilty to reckless driving causing great bodily injury by a vehicle, a third-degree felony, on July 13, 2015 — as well as driving without insurance, a misdemeanor. She received a three-year suspended sentence, and was placed on three years of supervised probation and ordered to pay restitution to Crawford. However, she is appealing her case.
Portillo said this latest incident has made the Police Department rethink their patrols on Hudson Street.
“We’re going to patrol that area a little bit more than we have been,” Portillo said. “Our main goal is to prevent any more pedestrian incidents from happening and making sure there are no other vehicle accidents with injuries.”