Midvale, UT Auto And Truck Collision, Aug 1952
AUTO-TRUCK CRASH KILLS 9.
WORST ACCIDENT IN UTAH HISTORY.
Midvale, Utah (AP) - Four adults and five children were killed Saturday in Utah's worst automobile accident in history. A fifth child was injured critically.
A heavily-loaded sand truck collided with a late model sedan in which nine persons were riding at an intersection controlled by a blinker traffic signal. Only the driver on the truck was uninjured.
Members of three different West Jordan, Utah, families were killed.
They were identified as:
BEN S. WATANBE, 67, his wife SUE, 57;
MRS. MASAKO YANO IMADA, 32, and two of her sons, RONNIE, 12, and ALLEN, 6;
ARTHUR IMADA, 10;
MRS. SHIZUKO IMADA, 69;
and DAVID IKOMIA, 6.
GENE IMADA, 8, another son of MRS. MASAKO YANO IMADA, suffered a concussion and multiple fractures and died later.
Driver of the truck was Charles Emory Briggs, 36, Salt Lake City. He suffered severe shock.
The truck, loaded with 12 tons of sand, collided with the car broadside and carried it 120 feet north of the intersection.
The impact ripped the center section out of the car. Bodies were crushed badly and a limb of a victim was found in the twisted metal frame.
Lacrosse Tribune Wisconsin 1952-08-03