A tragic accident at the 12 mile hill on the Alaska Highway took the life of a Whitehorse man and injured 4 others last Sunday evening.
Killed was William David Powell, age 34, of Whitehorse, Y.T. Injured were Mrs. Gladys Powell, Mr. Nels. Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. E. Westberg, all of Whitehorse.
According to eye witnesses, the party were returning to Whitehorse travelling South, when the half ton pick-up driven by Nels Johnson and carrying the four passengers, failed to make-a turn at the 12 mile hill. Heavy dust on the road is believed
to have obscured the drivers vision. The truck plunged down the deep ditch and turned somersault, throwing Mr. and Mrs. Powell over the cab. They landed some distance away, striking the ground hard. Mrs. Powell received lacerations to the face and severe bruises. The other three who were riding in the cab of the truck received bruises and were shaken up.
Mr. Powell has lived in Whitehorse for the past six years and was employed by John MacIsaac Co. He is survived by his wife Gladys in Whitehorse.