John Alvarado


James "Jimmy" Farah


Farah Oral History Project

Summary of Interview

John Alvarado witnessed what at the time was one the most fatal traffic accidents in New Mexico involving the Clifford Family; he was attending New Mexico State University at the time in 1979-1980, he was in car with his friends Steve Glover, Ronny Kemp, he was going to go watch the horse races in Ruidoso; was a passenger while Steve Glover was driving; he describes a vehicle that he believes to have been a Ford Bronco in front of them was attempting a U-turn on the road when it hit an eighteen wheeler coming in the opposite direction near the casino; they stopped and pulled over due to the accident and dust; he checked for the condition of the people involved in the accident, went to get help and a first aid kit at a border checkpoint station nearby; he describes only witnessed signs of life from a fifteen year old in the back seat, the husband and wife in front seat did not seem like they would make it.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

9 minutes

Tape Number

No. 1614

Transcript Number

No. 1614


Patrick Driscoll

Interview Number

No. 1614

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