Pine Springs, TX Two Pick Up Trucks Crash, May 1984


Pine Springs, Texas (AP) - Six people were killed and six others injured Saturday in a pre-dawn, head-on collision of two pickup trucks traveling in a remote, rugged part of West Texas about a mile south of New Mexico, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
Two of the injured were in serious condition at the Guadalupe Medical Center in Carlsbad, N.M., about 55 miles from the accident on U.S. Highway 62-180. They were admitted in critical condition, nursing supervisor Barbara Donaldson said.
The four others were in stable condition.
"Most of them are belly injuries, fractured legs, that type of thing," she said.
DPS Sgt. Jack Straley and Trooper Gaylord Scott said four of 10 Plainview residents who were traveling in the pickup truck with a camper shell on the back were killed. Both men riding in the other pickup were killed, they said.
JUAN DE DIOS BOTELLO, 25; his wife, YOLANDO MARY BOTELLO, 26; their 18-month-old son, JUAN, JR., and an unidentified male about 30 years old were killed, the DPS officials said. BOTELLO and his wife were riding in the cab of the pickup while the infant and unidentified man were among the six people in the camper section.
The officers identified the victims in the other vehicle as MIGUEL SANCHEZ, 30, of Pine Springs, and HECTOR ESCOBAR, in his 30s, of El Paso.
The injured included three of the BOTELLO'S children; MELISSA, 2; IRENE, 3; and JUANITA, 5. The other injured were identified by the officers as MARIA ANITA PEREZ, 30; FRANCISCO GOMEZ, 6; and JESSICA MARIA ALCALA, 3.
The officers said the BOTELLO'S pickup was headed west toward El Paso and the vehicle driven by ESCOBAR was headed east toward Carlsbad when the accident occurred.
Pine Springs is roughly halfway between the Guadalupe Mountains National Park and the Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Hospital officials refused to say which of the injured were in critical condition.
DPS dispatcher Keill Cross said officers went to Carlsbad to interview survivors and establish both the cause of the crash and the identities of the victims. She said the accident occurred at about 3 a.m.,
"just inside Texas, about a mile from the border."

The Galveston Daily News Texas 1984-05-20