Local law enforcement responded to a fatal accident scene Saturday west of Deming on Interstate 10.

Adela Saldana, 46, of Santa Ana, Calif., died in an El Paso hospital of severe head injuries, following the rollover of a Ford Explorer SUV that occurred early Saturday morning.

Officers were dispatched at 4:43 a.m. Saturday to mile marker 76 west of Deming along I-10. On arrival, the officers found a SUV Ford Explorer with a California license plate on it's side.

According to a Luna County Sheriff's Office report, the driver Adela Saldana lost control of the vehicle and struck a guard rail. Saldana then over-corrected the vehicle, causing the vehicle to go airborne. The vehicle proceeded to roll over numerous times in the median.

There were five passengers in the vehicle, with Saldana. Saldana and Martin Saldana Sr., 50, were found pinned in the front sit of the vehicle with their seat belts still on.

An elderly woman -- first name only -- Guadalupe, was seen trying to exit the vehicle through the rear side.

Karina Saldana, 18, was ejected from the vehicle along with Oscar Saldana, 7, and 10-year-old Martin Saldana.

After being informed by paramedics on the situation, deputies informed central dispatch that the two passengers trapped in the vehicle would need to be Medi-Vac by two helicopters to the University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas.


The west-bound lanes of I-10 were closed to thru traffic for the two helicopters to land.

Paramedics transported 18-year-old Karina and Guadalupe to the Mimbres Memorial Hospital, while the two young boys were transported to the hospital in a county vehicle.

The young passengers, Oscar, Martin and Karina Saldana are reported to be in stable condition.

Guadalupe, along with Martin Sr., are listed in critical condition.

Reporter Terry Meyers can be reached at (575)546-2611 (2608)