SILVER CITY >> A spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety said it was lucky only one person died in the one-vehicle rollover crash which killed a Tyrone woman and injured several others on Saturday.

There were 13 people in the eight-passenger minivan and none were wearing seat belts when the left rear tire blew, rolling the van, according to Carrick Cook, from Public Safety.

"I'm surprised only one person died," he said. "It's fortunate, of course, but I'm surprised."

The driver Rosa Ortiz, 27, of Tyrone died in the crash, and the other twelve passengers suffered various injuries. The passengers in the car ranged from eight months to 24 years old.

Alexander Holguin, 24, suffered moderate internal injuries, Destiney Ortiz, 12, injured her arm enough to need surgery, and Faith, 8, (last name unknown) was operated on for internal bleeding. All of the surgeries were successful and the injured are recovering, in good condition, at the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson.

Jonathan CHavez, 7, Isaih Chavez, 3, Mia Chavez, 8 months, Alaza Chavez, 2, Jefferey Morgan, 26, Destiney Ortiz, 12, Star Ortiz, 9, Serenity Ortiz, 5, Joseph Morgan, 3, were either uninjured or received minor injuries in the accident.

The van crashed around 7:30 a.m. on Saturday at mile marker 219 on I-10 near Picacho Peak.


Benjamin Fisher may be reached at 575-538-5893 ext. 5803