El Paso Streetcar damaged on roadway by suspected DWI driver, police say
Crews were testing out El Paso's first streetcars on the roadways just before a crew vehicle was involved in a wreck Tuesday morning.
A suspected drunken driver identified as 24-year-old Hector Emiliano Parra Robles crashed into a Sun Metro SUV that was escorting El Paso Streetcar No. 1506., according to El Paso police.
Sun Metro officials clarified around noon Tuesday that one of its SUVs was heading northbound on Stanton when it was rear-ended by Parra Robles who was driving a 2003 Infiniti G35.
The impact of the crash then caused the SUV to rear-end the streetcar, said the city's transportation officials.
The trolley and Sun Metro SUV were stopped at a red-light when the crash occurred, said El Paso police.
The wreck happened around 2:30 a.m. on the 900 block of N. Stanton Street near Rio Grande Avenue.
The driver of the Sun Metro SUV and the two streetcar operators were taken to the hospital. They have been released.
Parra Robles was arrested for DWI and booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility under a $1,000 bond.