Fri, Dec 10, 2004
Three Lost In Motor Vehicle Accident
Leadership of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory expressed their
deep concern Thursday after a vanpool accident that took the life
of three riders and injured several others.
"All of us at JPL are shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of
several of our colleagues in this tragic accident," said JPL
Director Dr. Charles Elachi, who was on business travel in
Washington. "This is a terrible loss for all of us, but most
particularly for the victims' families and their immediate
co-workers here at the Laboratory."
The Laboratory is mourning the loss of Dorothy Forks, an
employee in JPL’s Human Resources Department; Jane Galloway,
a manager in JPL's Business Operations Office and Kerri Lynn Agey,
an administrator for Wackenhut Security, a contractor at JPL.
According to law enforcement sources, the van carrying 10 riders
from the Palmdale/Lancaster area to JPL near Pasadena went off the
road on Angeles Forest Highway in the San Gabriel National Forest.
The riders included six JPL employees, two NASA employees, and two
employees of JPL contractor companies.
"We would particularly like to thank the public safety agencies
that responded so quickly and effectively to help our people in the
van," said Elachi. "The California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles
County Fire Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff and other
agencies provided invaluable help."
The injured were transported to area hospitals. As of 1700
Wednesday, two had been released. According to the hospitals, two
remain hospitalized in fair condition, one in good condition, and
two others are listed as critical but stable.
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