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Midway, AZ Head On Automobile Collision, Nov 1957



Midway, Ariz. -- Two men were killed, two were seriously injured and four others received minor injuries when two cars crashed head-on late Monday night at Midway, six and one-half miles west of Casa Grande.
Those killed were FRNANDO PABLO, 37, and WILLIAM FRANK, 27, both residents of the Santos Delgado camp near Stanfield.
CLEMENT FRANK, 23, same address, is in very serious condition in the hospital at Sacaton, suffering from a possible contusion of the heart as well as severe head and chest injuries.
CIPRIANO FRANK, 54, also, is in the Sacaton Hospital in serious condition from chest injuries, including a possible punctured lung.
ALBERT FRANK, 15, and ALLAN JAMES, 50, also of the Delgado camp, were released after being treated at the Sacaton Hospital for minor injuries, and EVERETTE E. HAMILTON, 25, and CHARLIE LEE FUNDERBURK, 24, both of the Louis Johnson camp near Stanfield, were treated for minor injuries at Pinal County General Hospital, Florence.
PABLO, JAMES, CIPRIANO FRANK and the latter's three sons (WILLIAM, CLEMENT and ALBERT) were occupants of a Chevrolet sedan owned by CLEMENT FRANK that was headed west on Highway 84 while HAMILTON and FUNDERBURK were in an eastbound Buick sedan on the same road.
As the accident was reconstructed by State Highway Patrolman Oscar Baron from the accounts of survivors and marks on the highway, the FRANK car made a sudden left turn, heading for the Midway Trading Post on the south side of the highway and cutting directly into the path of HAMILTON'S car.
All of the injured in the FRANK car were intoxicated, according to the highway patrolman, and told such conflicting stories it was impossible to determine definitely which one was driving.

Casa Grande Despatch Arizona 1957-11-21

article | by Dr. Radut