Lordsburg, NM Truck And Auto Collision, Mar 1965


Lordsburg, N.M. (AP) - Seven members of a Safford, Ariz., family were killed in a head-on truck-station wagon collision on U.S. Highway 70-80, six miles east of Lordsburg last night.
Five persons were injured - two critically.
State police said those killed were ENRIQUE VALLES, 42, of Safford; his wife, MARIA, 38; and five of their eight children who were passengers in the car.
State police said the station wagon driven by VALLES was westbound on the wrong side of the highway and collided with a truck driven by ONCAL BARKER, 30, of Lordsburg.
VALLES, his wife, and two children died at the scene. Two children died last night in a Lordsburg hospital and a fifth child died early today.
The dead children were YOLINDA, 13; ENRIQUETTE, 11; MIGUEL, 9; ELOY, 7; and ALBERT, 3.
Critically injured were THERESA, 14, and NORMA, 4. In fair condition was VIRGINIA, 2.
Another passenger in the VALLES car was ISABEL FACIO DE ORTEGA, 57, who was in fair condition in a Lordsburg hospital.
Her home address wasn't known.
BARKER was in satisfactory condition at a Lordsburg hospital with back and head injuries.
State police reports said a blood alcohol test showed VALLES was intoxicated and that his station wagon left no skid marks. The station wagon was knocked 30 feet backward from the point of impact.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times Texas 1965-03-23