Nogales, AZ Head On Collision Kills Nine, Nov 1957

HEAD-ON CRASH TOLL RISES TO 9 - 6 AIRMEN.

ARIZONA 'DEATH-ROAD' SCENE.

Nogales, Ariz. (UP) - The death toll rose to nine early Sunday in the head-on collision of two cars Saturday night on a stretch of Arizona highway called "El Camino De Muerte" - The Highway of Death - because of its high fatality rate.
Six of the victims were Air Force men stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force base near Tucson. All of the airmen, members of the 803rd Air Police Squadron, were traveling in one car.
The other three victims, including two men and a boy, were members of a Haxden, Ariz., family.
Two other persons, passengers in the civilian vehicle, were hospitalized in critical condition.
An inquest will be held to determine how the accident occurred. The Arizona Highway Patrol said the civilian car was traveling north and the airmens' car south when the accident occurred in the southbound lane of U.S. Hwy. 89, north of here.

Patrolmen said they had learned the driver of the airmens' car apparently had been flashing his lights at the second vehicle to get it to dim its lights when the latter car suddenly swerved into the head-on collision.
The dead airmen were:
A/2C GRANT EDWARD SPARKS, 23, driver, Henderson, Nev.;
A/2C JOHN R. SOCKOLOSKY, 20, Yonkers, N.Y.;
A/1C JAMES H. WEST, 27, Akron, O.;
A/2C FOREST W. DILLARD, 20, Van Buren, Ark.;
A/2C TED E. LEE, 19, Plant City, Hillsboro, Fla.;
A/1C PRESLEY LAWRENCE, 26, Corpus Christi, Tex.
Those killed in the other car were:
ALEJANDRO M. RIVERA, 31, driver;
GILBERTO M. RIVERA, 23;
and ALEJANDRO RIVERA, JR., 7.
Hospitalized at St. Joseph's Hospital are JESUS R. MONTANO, 29, Haxden, and an unidentified woman, 30.

Independent Long Beach California 1957-12-02