Phoenix, AZ (near) Head On Collision, July 1966


Phoenix, Ariz. (AP) - Seven persons including three couples from India on vacation from hospital posts in the eastern United States were killed in a highway collision last night.
A fourth couple from India was injured critically.
The head-on collision took place 35 miles northwest of Phoenix on U.S. Highway 60.
Investigators said LAUDELINO T. AVELINO, who lived nearby, was alone in one of the cars which swerved to avoid hitting a third vehicle which had stopped.
AVELINO, 52, was killed, along with:
ASHOKKUMAR N. ZAVERI, 29, and his wife NALINI, 24, both of Bombay, India. He had completed his internship at Marian Hospital, Newport (R.I.) and was due to begin residency training at Shaw Memorial Hospital, Somers Point, N.J., after an auto tour of the United States.
KUMALPAL H. SHAH and his wife, KISHORE, both 27, of Bombay. He also had completed an internship at Newport Hospital and was due to begin residency training at Springfield (Mass.) Hospital after the auto tour.
HERSHAD PATEL, 24, and his wife, DARUNIKA, 20, both of McKeesport (Pa.) Hospital.
GULAB SHAH and his wife, ANITA, both 27, of Bellevue Hospital, New York City, were taken to Northwest Hospital in Glendale, Ariz., in critical condition.
An eyewitness, Lee Pollock, said he was standing by his service station 100 yards from the scene of the crash. Pollock said a pregnant woman stepped from the car which had stopped seconds before the collision.
Pollock said she stepped back into the car, and it left the scene. The car bore California license plates.

Corpus Christi Caller-Times Texas 1966-07-08