Traffic accident leaves one Winslow woman dead

On Monday, Dec. 29, at approximately 7 p.m., a fatal accident occurred on I-40 at milepost 243, just 12 miles west of Winslow.

The accident involved two vehicles, a semi truck driven by James Sparks from Franklin, Ark. and a white Oldsmobile car driven by Darleen M. Curtis, of Winslow. Curtis was accompanied in the Oldsmobile by two other passengers, Thomas Curtis and Dolly John, both from Winslow.

Officer Gordon Beyer and Sgt. Jeannette Dredge of the Department of Public Safety were dispatched to the scene.

The accident, according to a report filed by D.P.S., was due to the semi truck, which was traveling at a higher rate of speed, striking the car from behind.

Passenger Dolly Curtis was pronounced dead on the scene by D.P.S. and next of kin was notified by Dredge.

Darlene was taken to the Indian Health Service Hospital and was treated and released.

Thomas Curtis was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center, where he was treated for facial injuries.

The driver of the semi truck, according to the report, did not seek medical treatment.

Everyone involved in the accident were wearing their seatbelts.


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