Williams AZ Van And Truck Collision, Nov 2000


Williams, Ariz. - Seven people were killed after a head-on crash involving a van and a pickup truck carrying two California families near this northern Arizona town, authorities said.
The state Department of Public Safety in Flagstaff said a van with 18 people inside - all from several generations of one California family heading home from the Grand Canyon - collided Saturday with a truck carrying four people. The van overturned and exploded.
Five people in the van and two people in the truck died at the scene, DPS spokesman Mack Hall said. Two passengers in the van were transported to a Phoenix hospital in critical condition with burns, Hall said.
Sgt. Annette Reyes, a DPS spokeswoman, said those killed in the pickup were driver MOHAMMAD ISLAM, 42, and RAFIQUL ISLAM, 14, both of Van Nuys.
Reyes identified those killed in the van as CONSUELA ZAPATA, 52, of Los Angeles; MARIA TERESA ZAPATA, 78, of Mexico; ANTHONY LUCERO, 1, of Los Angeles; DORA LIMA-ZAPATA, 39, of Los Angeles; and MILVIA LIMA, 34, of Los Angeles.
Witnesses said the crash occurred when the truck crossed the center line in an attempt to pass another vehicle.

By Associated Press
Los Angeles Times California 2000-11-20