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Georgia parents die in crash involving gas tanker truck near Grand Canyon West in Arizona

Posted at 11:00 AM, Aug 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-03 14:00:43-04

Two people were killed and another three injured in a crash with a gas tanker truck Wednesday near Grand Canyon West in Arizona.

Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies responded to crash on Diamond Bar Road at milepost 11, near Grand Canyon West, around 1 p.m. involving a passenger car versus a semi-tractor gas tanker truck with emptied tanks.  

The passenger car, a 2017 Nissan, was traveling eastbound on Diamond Bar Road at milepost 11 when the vehicle failed to negotiate the right curve in the roadway and entered the westbound lane. A semi-tractor was traveling westbound around the curve when the passenger car struck the trailer and its real axles causing the trailer to strike the guardrail along the right side of the westbound lane. 

The driver of the semi-tractor initially refused medical, but later Cory Schober, 56, of Phoenix, complained of back pain and he was flown to University Medical Center in Las Vegas in Nevada. 

The female driver of the passenger car was extricated by rescue personnel and attempts were made to resuscitate the female, but were unsuccessful. The front seat male passenger was found to be deceased on the scene.  The two rear passengers sustained severe injuries and were extricated from the vehicle and later flown to University Medical Center. 

A family of four from Georgia were traveling in the passenger vehicle.  The mother was the driver and the father was the front seat passenger, both did not survive.  The two rear seated passengers were their adult children. 

The mother is identified as Karen Fran Foxworth, 60, and the father is identified as Charles Kerry Foxworth, 59, of Conyers, Georgia.  Their surviving children are Laura Elizabeth Foxworth, 19, and Charles Kerry Foxworth, 23, both of McDonough, Georgia. Karen Foxworth and her son Charles Foxworth were wearing seatbelts while the other two occupants were not. 

This crash remains under investigation.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hualapai Nation Police Department, Hualapai Fire Department, Golden Valley Fire Department, Department of Public Safety, Arizona Department of Transportation, Mohave County Roads Department and MCSO Posse members for their traffic control assistance. There were several medical personnel, off duty, from out of state that stopped and assisted with rescue attempts and CPR.