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Game Wardens Hurt in Plane Crash

EL PASO, Texas (AP) _ Three Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens are hospitalized after their small plane went down in a rugged area of New Mexico near El Paso.

Department spokesman Mike Cox says the single-engine Partenavia P68 Observer crashed into the Franklin Mountains just across the New Mexico border around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

He says warden Hallie R. Dacy was trapped in the wreckage for at least two hours before being rescued. Also injured were warden A.J. Smith, who was the pilot, and fellow warden Kenneth W. Zuber. Cox says the three were hospitalized in El Paso with injuries not thought to be life-threatening.

Cox says the game wardens were doing an aerial survey of hunting camps when the plane went down. No cause is known yet for the crash, but state and federal investigations are under way.

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