Gallup, NM Three Car Head On Crash, Jul 1957
FIVE DIE IN HIGHWAY 66 THREE-CAR HEAD-ON CRASH.
TWO OTHERS INJURED BUT OUT OF DANGER.
Five persons were killed and one seriously injured in a three-car collision Saturday night on Highway 66 about twenty-one miles west of Gallup.
The accident occurred just three days after a similar head-on crash in almost the same spot that hospitalized ten persons in St. Mary's Hospital.
The dead are:
Sgt. EDWARD W. RIPPY, 46, of Nevada City, Calif.;
his wife, PAULINE, 34;
and their son, ALBERT, 4;
Killed in the second car were MICHAEL COCHRAN, 16, of Anaheim, Calif.;
and MRS. GLADYS COCHRAN.
MRS. COCHRAN'S husband, CARL, 28, was listed in critical condition at St. Mary's Hospital in Gallup. He has not regained consciousness since the accident, but a hospital spokesman said he is "holding his own."
GENE ZUNIN, 48, a passenger in the RIPPY car was listed as out of danger at the hospital.
Hospital authorities listed the accident as "one of the worst ever seen" there.
The RIPPY car, traveling east, skidded into the path of the westbound COCHRAN car, according to police. A third car driven by FLOYD TURNER, 28, of Reseda, Calif., crashed into the rear of the COCHRAN car after the first crash.
TURNER, his wife MARGARET, 27, and their two children, FLOYD, JR., 4, and GYNETH TURNER, 2, escaped injury. Police credited their safety to the use of safety belts.
Gallup Independent New Mexico 1957-07-15