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Randy Morris Killed, Eight Others Injured in Three-Car Crash

Jonathan V. O'Steen

December 30, 2012

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Heber-Overgaard, Arizona—Randy Morris, age 49, of Albert Lea, Minnesota was killed yesterday and eight others were injured in a massive three-car head-on collision that closed State Route 260 for six hours.  The accident occurred at about 4:00 p.m. on a two-lane stretch of road west of Christopher Creek.

Melonie Turley, age 48, of Taylor, Arizona, lost control of her Honda SUV and crossed the centerline of the highway, striking the Morris vehicle head-on.  The Turley vehicle reportedly crossed the centerline again, this time colliding with a Mercury sedan being driven by Timothy Claw, age 22, of Phoenix.

Seven helicopters and an ambulance were required to transport the injured to several Valley hospitals.  One of the victims was a child, Karter Ashley-Claw, age 1.

The other injured occupants include Garth Turley, age 49; Isaac Turley, age 18; Laneah Turley, age 8; Timothy Claw; Kirston Ashley, age 23; and Leanne Morris, age 48, who is the surviving wife of Mr. Morris, who was killed in the accident.

The accident investigation continues by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

We extend our condolences to Ms. Morris at this time of great loss for her, and we wish all those who were injured speedy and complete recoveries.

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