Gilbert man lost 5 family members, including his 3 kids, in I-10 crash

PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Five people returning to the Valley from a day trip to Tucson are dead after a crash, involving three vehicles along eastbound I-10 north of Picacho Peak on Saturday, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

The victims, all from Gilbert, are identified as:

  • Shelly Renee Blackmore, 49
  • Danielle Blackmore, 20
  • Tyler Curley, 12
  • Kayla Curley, 9
  • Breanna Curley, 7

A pickup truck driven by Tracy William Blackmore, 47, of Gilbert, was traveling westbound near Milepost 213 when the front left tire tread separated, according to DPS spokesman Raul Garcia.

Blackmore lost control of the pickup and it traveled left across the depressed dirt median and then entered the eastbound traffic lanes of I-10 where it collided at an angle with an 18-wheeler, Garcia said. 

A third vehicle, a passenger car, struck the pickup truck, Garcia said.

Tracy Blackmore was airlifted from the scene and is in critical condition at Maricopa Medical Center.

The remaining five passengers traveling in the pickup truck were pronounced dead at the scene.

On Monday, the father of the three children, who also lost his mother and sister in the crash, talked about his loss.

“I’m not burying one of them,” said Larry Curley, through tears. “I’m burying my whole family.”

Curley said his son Tyler loved baseball and his daughters, Kayla and Breanne, were cheerleaders.

“They were an absolutely beautiful family,” said Curley’s aunt, Kim Tricarico. “My sister (Shelly Blackmore) loved her grandbabies, his children.”

An account is being set up at Bank of America to help pay for the five funerals.

Starting Tuesday afternoon you can make a donation, at any branch, to the Blackmore and Curley Memorial Fund.

The driver of the 18-wheeler suffered minor injuries and was transported by ground from the scene to Casa Grande Regional Hospital and then transferred to Chandler Regional Hospital.

The co-driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.

The driver and passenger of the third vehicle were not hurt.

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