Deer Trail, CO Car Plunges Off Overpass, Oct 1976


Deer Trail, Colo. (AP) - Nine persons from Amarillo died Saturday when their station wagon plunged from an overpass and burned, the Colorado State Patrol said.
Relatives in Texas said the persons were members of the Free Church of God In Christ In Jesus' Name from Amarillo and were en-route to Denver for a church convention.
The group's pastor, JERRY MOORE, 50, was critically injured and was the only survivor of the crash, officers said.
Relatives identified the dead as MRS. CIEO MOORE, 54; MARGARET JOHNSON, 21; DEMITRICE JOHNSON, seven months and the daughter of MRS. JOHNSON; MARCELLS WILLIAMS, 13; MRS. JOHNNIE COLLINS, 17, and her son, KEVIN, three months; DONNA HENDERSON, two; MAURICE COLLINS, five; and PATRICK COLLINS, 11.
Jennifer Moore, youngest daughter of the pastor, said Saturday afternoon in Amarillo, "This was the day the Lord had planned .. he works in mysterious ways."
Officers said the station wagon flew eight feet through the air before smashing into a cement wall, sliding down the wall and coming to rest on a farm road below the overpass. They said the vehicle exploded and was gutted by the fire.
"I've never seen nothing that ugly in all my life," said Arden Intermill, a Deer Trail Rescue Squad member who was with the first crew of rescue workers on the scene.
"There's just no description," he continued.
"They didn't even look like bodies. They were burned so bad you couldn't tell what they were except that they had been bodies."
The accident occurred four miles west of Deer Trail, where U.S. Highway 40-287 becomes Interstate Highway 70.
Intermill said the car had been traveling west, toward Denver, and had just rounded a curve when it went off the overpass.

Abilene Reporter-News Texas 1976-10-17