Jul 1962 truck crash Tucson
a of he of Truck-Car Crash Kills Tucsonan Steel-Laden Truck Hits Compact Car A tractor-trailer rig carry ing 40,000 pounds of steel crashed into the rear of a compact car near Rillito on the Casa Grande Hwy. yesterday afternoon, killing a 62-year-old Tucson man. Dead is Edward D. Sprinkle, of 2409 E. Drachman St. A maintenance foreman for the Arizona Highway Department Sprinkle apparently had pulled onto the highway from a side road when his 1961 auto was struck from behind by the large truck, according to the highway patrol. Sprinkle was thrown from the car by the impact of the crash and died of multiple injuries at the scene of the crash, some 11 miles northwest of Tucson. The death was the 37th traffic fatality on Pima County roads this year and the third in about 13 hours. Late Tuesday night two youths were killed in an accident on River Rd. Last year at this time 34 persons had died in county traffic accidents. Patrolman C Jones said that Sprinkle pulled in front of the southbound tractor-trailer rig, which was driven by Perry W. Ratliff, 26, of Phoenix. Ratliff was unhurt. Sprinkle's car careened off the right side of the highway, coming to rest in a ditch. The truck's brakes, which were applied prior to the crash, released after impact and the rig went off the right side of the road, according to officers. Officers said the truck is owned by the Reliance Truck Co., of Phoenix.