Antonito, CO Two Car Collision Kills Eight, Sep 1962


Denver (AP) - Eight persons died in a violent two-car collision near Antonito Thursday night. Six of the victims were thought to be from Espanola or Hernandez, N.M.
Of the eight killed in the two-car crash three miles south of Antonito, one remained to be identified. Sheriff Amos Abeyta said the body was mangled beyond recognition and the victim's clothes had been torn off in the force of the crash.
Abeyta said the unidentified man was probably the driver of one of the two cars. He said the vehicle apparently veered across U.S. 285 and collided in the middle of the road with another headed north.
The sole survivor, FORD BRADISH, 39, of Fort Worth, Tex., was hospitalized at Alamosa in critical condition.
Abeyta said there were no skid marks, and he believed neither driver applied his brakes. Bodies were scattered over a wide area, he said, and four were pinned beneath one car.
Dead in the southbound car, aside from the unidentified man, were SAM JOSE RODRIGUEZ; JULIAN TRUJILLO; ROBERT JOSE PADILLA; GILBERT JOSE PADILLA; and DAVID R. PADILLA, 18. Abeyta said all were believed from Espanola or Hernandez. Abeyta did not have the ages of any except DAVID PADILLA. He said their car bore Denver license plates.
Dead in the other car were FORD BRADISH, SR., 77; and his wife EUNICE, 68, of Fort Worth.

Hobbs Daily News-Sun New Mexico 1962-09-14