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(DOI and BLM Shields)
United States Department of the Interior
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
New Mexico State Office
301 Dinosaur Trail
P.O. Box 27115
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502-0115
www.blm.gov/nm

In Reply Refer To:
9200

24 HOUR REPORT ON TAOS CREW CARRIER MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT

To: Mike Pool, Acting Director
Tim Murphy, Assistant Director, Fire and Aviation

Subject: 24 Hour Report- New Mexico Highway 68 Vehicle Rollover Accident

The Following information is preliminary and is subject to change

LOCATION: New Mexico State Highway 68, approximately 5 miles Southwest of Taos, New Mexico

DATE OF OCCURRENCE: November 13, 2012

TIME OF OCCURRENCE: Approximately 1600 Hours MST

ACTIVITY: Hurricane Sandy Support

NUMBER OF INJURIES:
2 serious injuries and hospitalized, 7 other persons treated and released

NUMBER OF FATALITIES: 0

PROPERTY DAMAGE:
BLM crew carrier destroyed

Narrative:


On November 13th, 2012 at approximately 1600 hours MST, a BLM fire crew carrier vehicle was involved in a single-vehicle roll-over accident approximately 5 miles southwest of Taos, New Mexico. The occupants of the vehicle were part of a 20-person Type 2 crew who had completed an assignment in support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. They were being transported from the Albuquerque, New Mexico airport to their home units.

Nine people were on board the vehicle: Seven BLM employees and two U.S. Forest Service employees.

One BLM employee and one U.S. Forest Service employee received serious but not life-threatening injuries, and remain hospitalized. The BLM employee was airlifted by helicopter to the hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The U.S. Forest Service employee was transported to the hospital in Taos, New Mexico.
The seven other employees (six BLM, one U.S. Forest Service) were taken to the hospital for observation/or received treatment of minor injuries and were released.

An Interagency Fire Serious Accident Investigation Team and a Critical Incident Stress Management Team have been ordered.

/s/ Aden Seidlitz, Acting State Director

cc: BLM New Mexico Safety Manager
National Office Fire and Aviation Safety Manager
New Mexico State Fire Management Officer