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Houserock Hill, AZ Auto Plunges Off Cliff, July 1935

7 KILLED IN CRASH NEAR ARIZONA LINE.

ALL BUT ONE OF 8 PASSENGERS MEET DEATH IN ACCIDENT.

Flagstaff, Ari., July 30 (UP) - Overloading a light sedan with four adults and four children, causing it to go out of control on a curve and hurtle over a precipice, was blamed today for the deaths of seven Tucson members of the L.D.S. Church.
Sole survivor of the tragedy was 3-year-old ROBERT BISCHOFF. His father and mother and two sisters were killed.
The dead:
RAEBURN E. BISCHOFF, 34.
MRS. R. E. BISCHOFF, 33.
JO ANN BISCHOFF, 7.
RAEBURNA BISCHOFF, 5.
MRS. FRANK WEBB, 52.
MRS. H. E. MARTINEAU, 40.
Mrs. Martineau's 18-month-old daughter.

Car Out Of Control.
As county authorities reconstructed the tragedy, the overloaded automobile, traveling at a high speed, went out of control on Houserock Hill 40 miles north of Lee's Ferry, Ariz., and plunged over an 80-foot cliff. It landed on its top at the bottom of the cliff mangling the bodies of its victims.
Chet Paddock of Fredonia, a state highway foreman discovered the accident some time later. He notified county authorities and then loaded the bodies into a highway department dump truck and brought them here. Little ROBERT BISCHOFF was taken to a hospital at Kanah, Utah, where his condition was reported as critical from broken bones and possible internal injuries.
The party, all said to be related, were returning to Tucson from Salt Lake City, where they attended the Mormon Pioneer day ceremonies on July 24.
J. E. Bingham, Pima County highway foreman, father of MRS. BISCHOFF; MRS. WEBB'S husband, Frank J. Webb and MRS. MARTINEAU'S husband, Howard E. Martineau, arrived here from Tucson this morning. All are prominent members of the Tucson and Fort Lowell Stake of Zion.
The death toll in the accident was the largest ever known in a single accident in Arizona. A year ago, six persons lost their lives when a bus was caught in a flooded wash near Aguila.

The Daily Herald Provo Utah 1935-07-30

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