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Family: Grand Rapids native and children die in Arizona tractor-trailer crash

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Posted at 7:26 PM, Jul 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-03 23:14:31-04

TONOPAH, Ariz. — Six people are dead after a crash involving a tractor-trailer and two passenger vehicles in Arizona Friday afternoon, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Family of the deceased victims says they were all originally from Grand Rapids.

We’re told a tractor-trailer was driving east when it rear-ended a Nissan Altima, splitting the vehicle in half.

Six people were pronounced dead on the scene, AZDPS tells us.

After the impact, the tractor-trailer kept traveling east and struck an SUV, which also contained five people, authorities explain.

The SUV’s occupants were all reportedly transported to various hospitals in serious condition.

The incident remains under investigation.

A family member tells us the victims are Natasha , 35, and her children Josiya, 17; Giovanni, 16; Santari Jr., 16; Malik Jr., 8; and Makayla, 5.

Police have yet to confirm the victims' identities.

Their grandmother says Natasha moved from Grand Rapids to Arizona a couple of years ago. A GoFundMe page has been created to help bring the victims back home.

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