Gallup, NM (36 miles from) Auto And Truck Crash, Oct 1963


Gallup, N.M. (AP) - Eight members of a Texas bound family died and five other persons suffered injuries in a car-truck crash Sunday.
The collision occurred 36 miles north of Gallup in Western New Mexico on U.S. 66.
LUZ GARZA, 37, of Nyssa, Ore., driving the car, was killed along with four of his sons and three daughters. His wife MARIA, 40, three other GARZA children and truck driver WILLIAM WAKEFIELD, 48, of Aztec, N.M., were injured.
GARZA and his family had been working in Idaho during the bean and potato harvest and were en route to visit Mrs. Garza's relatives at Alamo, Tex., state patrolman Don Moberly reported.
WAKEFIELD told the officer that the car approached his truck in the wrong lane as they drew near a bridge before dawn and he was unable to stop in time to avoid the crash. The truck was loaded with a big butane tank.
The car, towing a small trailer, was whipped about by the collision and struck broadside by the truck's trailer.
Killed with GARZA were his sons VIVIANO, 8, LUPE, 5, MERCEDES, 4, and ROJELIO, 1, and daughters IRMA, 11, ODELIA, 13, and NOELIA, 16.
A doctor said MRS. GARZA and the other children should survive. In St. Mary's Hospital here with her are sons RAMO, 15, and ARTHUR, 11, and daughter, ROBERTA, 6.

The Odessa American Texas 1963-10-28