ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Investigators still aren't sure which of two drivers was going the wrong way on Interstate 40 early Thursday morning causing a collision that left both in the hospital with major injuries.
The two drivers-a man and a woman--were the only people in the cars that hit head-on just before 3 a.m. near
Carnuel in the East Mountains.
Their names have not been released, but both are now reported to be in serious condition at UNM Hospital. At last report investigators still were trying to interview them.
Investigators also don't know where the wrong-way driver got on the interstate. Both the Carnuel and Tramway Boulevard exits are several miles west of the crash site.
One person was quickly flown out by air ambulance; the other was trapped and required extrication by firefighters.
The Albuquerque Fire Department's Heavy Technical Rescue Team was called in to help country firefighters get that person out.
Both drivers were taken to UNM Hospital where an early report said one had suffered life-threatening injuries.
A 911 call already had alerted Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies to a wrong-way driver but couldn't get there in time.
"Our deputies were attempting to look for that driver driving eastbound in westbound lanes of I-40," Sgt. Aaron Williamson said. "A few minutes after that initial call came in we were told there had been a crash at about mile marker 173, which is about two miles west of the Tijeras on-ramp."
Deputies are investigating whether alcohol was involved and to determine who was driving which way.
Westbound I-40 was closed for more than four hours after the crash.