Astronomy professor from Hawaii, killed on the Navajo Nation
By: Editor | The Navajo Post | June 13
CHINLE – On May 27, the truck carrying 13 visitors to the Navajo Nation rolled after plunging off a dirt road in the Del Muerto Canyon. According to witnesses, Richard Crowe, 60, an astronomy professor from Hawaii, was killed. Four other tourists who were flown to area hospitals with serious injuries are recovering.
Tom Clark, a park official told the Phoenix New Times, “We don’t see anything wrong with the road itself,”
The Navajo Post received a news tip on a crash in Canyon De Shelly, in Chinle. We confirmed the tragic accident and even found a blogger that was involved in the accident, Jim Jaillet. He said he was trapped under the tourist jeep, he describes the incident as ‘awful moments’ in his blog.
Investigators with Canyon De Shelly, said they do not know if the crash was caused by driver error or a problem with the tour truck. The Tour jeep is a Korean War era truck, tragically, one tourist was killed while enjoying the scenery of the Navajo Nation.
The Navajo Nation was not available for comment on the accident.