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Crash Kills 5 on 160 Near Tuba City

April 03
00:21 2014

The Navajo Nation has announced a multi-jurisdictional investigation into a crash that killed 5 people on Highway 160 near Tuba City. The Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety and Arizona Department of Public Safety are investigating the two-vehicle head-on collision that occurred on Friday, March 28, 2014.

emergencylights_smallAccording to the press release, a Japanese family of four collided head-on with a pickup truck that was reported driving recklessly in Tuba City.

From the family, a 50-year-old man, 42-year-old woman and 16-year-old boy died on the scene. A 9-year-old girl survived and is listed in critical condition at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The suspected reckless driver and his passenger also died at the scene and have not been identified.

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly said the accident was a tragedy and offered condolences to the families of the deceased.

This was a senseless and tragic accident. We offer our deepest condolences to the family of the victims. Navajo Division of Public Safety continues their investigation of this incident.” – President Shelly

According to the Navajo DPS police report, officers responded to complaints of a maroon colored pickup truck driving recklessly near Edgewater Drive and Warrior Drive in Tuba City. The intersection is located near Tuba City Trading Post and McDonalds.

Navajo Police responded to the call at 9:41 p.m.

The suspect vehicle traveled on Warrior Drive toward Tuba City High School and began traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 160 at a high rate of speed before colliding head-on with the other vehicle at milepost 346.

Navajo Police Capt. Ivan Tsosie said the suspect’s vehicle was overturned on its cab when a fire ignited under the hood. The vehicles were engulfed in flames.

He noted that the Navajo Police were in pursuit of the suspect vehicle for about 20 miles before the accident occurred.

Arizona DPS, Navajo Nation Department of Criminal Investigations, Navajo Nation Emergency Medical Services, Navajo Nation Fire and Rescue, Sacred Mountain and Lifeguard all responded to the accident.

John Billison, director of Navajo DPS, said additional information could not be provided due to the sensitivity of the circumstances and the ongoing investigations.

Navajo Nation Department of Criminal Investigations and Arizona DPS are actively investigating the case. No further information is available at this time.

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