1 killed, 2 critically injured in I-35 crash on SW Side

Vehicle's tire blew out, driver lost control on I-35 near New Laredo Highway

SAN ANTONIO – A 57-year-old woman was killed, an 8-year old girl and a 16-year-old girl are in critical condition and three others were injured in a crash Saturday morning on the city's Southwest Side, police said.

The crash happened shortly before noon when six people, most likely a family from Mexico, was traveling northbound on Interstate 35 just past New Laredo Highway when one of the tires of 1998 Ford Explorer blew out, said Officer Doug Greene, of the San Antonio Police Department.

The driver took "faulty evasive action" and lost control of the SUV, which rolled several times in a grassy median, ejecting three rear seat passengers, Greene said. 

The woman died at the scene and was identified as Maricela Vasquez Duque. 

An 8-year-old girl was taken to University in critical condition and a 16-year-old girl was taken to the San Antonio Military Medical Center in critical condition, a police report said. 

The driver, a front seat passenger and a 2-year-old girl were in stable condition.

Greene said it appears two or three of the passengers were not wearing seatbelts. The 2-year-old girl was ejected in a car seat that police believe wasn't properly fastened.

The SUV had Mexican license plates.

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