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Jeff and Ann Fairbanks

November 27, 1995

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) _ Newspaper editor Jeff Fairbanks, his wife Ann, a reporter, and one of their daughters died in a car crash Saturday that also killed two other people. He was 46. She was 45.

Fairbanks, editor of the Telegram-Tribune for the past four years, had been with the paper since 1978, as had Ann Fairbanks.

They were killed when a 30-foot motor home struck their car head-on, a pickup truck rear-ended them, and all three vehicles burst into flames, the California Highway Patrol said.

Twelve-year-old Siena Fairbanks was also killed, but her 8-year-old sister Gaelin was pulled to safety. She was in serious condition Sunday after surgery.

The drivers of both the motor home and the pickup were also killed.

The Fairbanks were on their way home from a high school cross-country meet where their eldest daughter, 15-year-old Courtney, had competed. Courtney took the team bus home.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete.

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