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Three killed in morning accident, officials say
Three Yuma women were killed Monday morning in a two-vehicle, T-bone-type collision at the intersection of Avenue D and County 9th Street.
Capt. Eben Bratcher with the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were dispatched to the scene of the accident shortly after 11 a.m., which involved a black Toyota Camry and a gray Dodge pickup.
According to Bratcher, the Toyota was traveling east on County 9th Street and the Dodge was traveling south on Avenue D when the wreck happened.
The driver of the Toyota, 29-year-old Melanie Darlene Jose, the front seat passenger, a 32-year-old, and a rear seat passenger, Harriet Phillips, 55, were all trapped in the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the front seat passenger has not yet been released pending notification of next of kin.
The driver of the Dodge, 30-year-old Alberto Espinoza, of Yuma, was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center by Rural/Metro ambulance as a precaution.
Bratcher said traffic investigators are considering at least two potential factors that may have led to the wreck: failure to yield and speed.
“I cannot confirm the existence of either yet. We are looking at several things that require post-crash analysis. Speed may have played a factor, but we can’t say that for sure.”
There is a stop sign at the intersection on County 9th Street, he added.
Investigators were expected to be on the scene for several hours, and motorists were urged to avoid the area if at all possible.
YCSO is asking anyone with any information concerning this investigation to call 783-4427.
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