Barstow, CA Motorhome Crash, Feb 1998


Barstow, Calif. - (AP) - A motorhome carrying five Utah couples returning from a cruise careened into the dirt median of Interstate 15, flew into the air and came crashing down Friday, killing five and injuring the others. The impact tore the passenger compartment from the vehicle's chassis.
Some people remained trapped underneath the shattered motorhome more than an hour after the 2:30 p.m. accident, said Officer Willie Hailey of the California Highway Patrol in Barstow. Dead bodies were covered in blankets around the wreckage.
The injured were airlifted to hospitals.
JAY DINKELMAN, 37, of Wellington, Utah, was in serious condition at San Bernardino County Medical Center with leg fractures. ALVA CLARK, 57, of Price, Utah, was in satisfactory condition with minor injuries, Hailey said.
GARY and PATRICIA ATWOOD of Price were in critical condition at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Hailey said.
The San Bernardino coroner's office identified the dead as JOSEPH JEWKES, 58, and his wife KAREN, of Sandy, Utah; CLEMONT ATWOOD, 75, and wife MARCELLA, of Hurricane, Utah; and CLEORA CLARK, 50, of Price, Utah.

Santa Cruz Sentinel California 1998-02-21