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Two Hobbs City Utility Employees Injured in Car-Pedestrian Accident

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NewsWest 9

HOBBS, N.M. – Two City of Hobbs Utility employees are recovering following a car-pedestrian accident on Monday night.

Hobbs Police tell NewsWest 9, 60-year-old Ruben Frausto and 60-year-old Darrell Stahlecker were checking city sewer systems around 6 p.m. in the area of Calle Sur and Grimes when they were hit by a vehicle driven by 54-year-old Paul Baker.

Officials say both Frausto and Stahlecker were wearing warning vests at the time of the accident.

We're told the vehicle was traveling north on Grimes in the left turn land while the city employees were inspecting a manhole in the southbound outside lane of Grimes at Calle Sur. As the vehicle turned left onto Calle Sur, the vehicle hit both men.

Both Frausto and Stahlecker were taken to Lea Regional Hospital. Baker was not injured.

Frausto was later released from the hospital and Stahlecker was admitted with non-life threatening injuries.

No citations have been issued and the crash is still under investigation.

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