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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 8:42am
EL PASO (KDBC) — Two men were working on their truck on the side of the road when another driver slammed into it in East El Paso, injuring three men. Firefighters said a black Chevy truck broke down on Gateway East near Hawkins at about 1:30 Thursday morning. Two men were working underneath the truck when the driver of a Toyota Corolla rear-ended the truck. One man underneath the truck had critical injuries. The other had serious injuries. Firefighters extricated the driver of the Corolla out of the car because his legs were pinned under the dashboard. He also had critical injuries. Firefighters said all three were conscious when paramedics rushed them to local hospitals. They said they don't know if the truck's emergency lights were on, but the car hit the truck hard. "While working on the truck, the small car did rear-end the vehicle, the truck, and knocked the truck probably about 40 to 50 feet, in turn running over one of the individuals which would be the leg one that was under the truck," said Battalion Chief Carlos Franco with the El Paso Fire Department. Firefighters said the people involved were in their early 20's to early 30's. Investigators did not say if the driver saw the truck, if he was impaired or distracted. Police closed Gateway East near Hawkins and the Viscount exit ramp for several hours, but they have since reopened.