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Page, AZ Pickup And Auto Crash, Jul 1975

CRASH KILLS 10 ON RESERVATION.

Page, Ariz. (AP) - Ten persons, all Indians, died when their pickup truck and sedan slammed head-on in an isolated area of the Navajo Reservation in northern Arizona, authorities said.
The crash occurred Thursday afternoon on State Route 98 about 50 miles southeast of here.
The cars looked like they "melted together,"
said Dr. Scott Hobson, of the nearby Kayenta Public Health Service Clinic. Hobson was one of two physicians called to the scene.
Witnesses said following the impact the truck landed atop the car and the camper it was carrying was thrown from the rest of the wreckage.
"They just hit and both of them kind of accordianed on the front," said Hobson.
"The tails of each vehicle were just kind of up in the air."
Department of Public Safety Patrolman Andy Chanoki of Page, one of the first to arrive on the scene said, "there were people all over the road." All but one person, were thrown from the vehicles.
The victims included seven adults and three children.
Investigators said eight persons were in the sedan. They were identified as DAN LEE, 18, the driver, no hometown given; RUTH BLACKSINGER, 54; CHRISTINE ROSE SMITH, 6; and WILSON JONES SINGER, 18, all of Kayenta, Ariz., and HERBERT AUSTIN, 18, of Shonto, Ariz.; ROY SINGER, no hometown given, and two unidentified children, a 14-year-old boy and a one-year-old child.
Officers said the other two victims were in the pickup truck. They were identified as JOE BILLY BEGISHE, 16, of Tannalea, Ariz., and HENRY TSINNIJINNIE, no age or hometown given.
The accident occurred, officers said, when BEGISHE'S pickup truck crossed the center line and struck the other vehicle head-on.
Chanoki said the car was westbound toward Page and the truck was eastbound. He said both vehicles were traveling an estimated 70 miles an hour when the crash occurred.
Bob Red, operator of the Kaibito Trading Post, 17 miles west of the crash, reported the accident to Navajo police after a tourist rushed in and told him of the accident.
"He was excited and said to call for help," Red said. "He said at least two ambulances would be needed. Then he turned around and left."
The accident occurred on a new stretch of highway on high desert plateau land.

Yuma Daily Sun Arizona 1975-07-04

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