MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

February 9, 2013

Three kids hurt in rollover crash

Two vehicles involved in FG collision

By Wendy Burton

— FORT GIBSON — Three children were taken by ambulance to the hospital Friday evening after a collision in Fort Gibson.

“None appear to have life-threatening injuries,” said Rebecca Smith, Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service spokeswoman. “We would say they were in good condition.”

The children were taken to EASTAR Health System in Muskogee.

The drivers of both vehicles involved refused treatment at the scene, Smith said.

About 6:10 p.m., Taylor Capps of Fort Gibson was driving a Chevrolet pickup west on Poplar Avenue. Capps, 21, ran the red light and crashed into a GMC Yukon driven by Crystal Owens, 38, of Fort Gibson, said Officer Tim Everett.

Owens was driving north on Lee Street when the pickup collided with her sport utility vehicle.

Everett said Owens likely took evasive action and that, combined with the force of the impact, caused her SUV to slide through the intersection and flip onto its top.

Rachel Briggs said she was visiting a friend down the street when she heard two loud bangs and she ran down the street.

“Four or five of us, including the man driving the truck, helped everyone out (of the Yukon),” Briggs said. “The kids were terrified, screaming. They were all wearing seat belts though, and the littlest was in a car seat.”

Everett said the children, who were not Owens’ biological children, were ages 7, 6, and 2.

Capps was given a ticket for failure to obey a traffic control signal or device, Everett said.

Both drivers and the children were restrained, and airbags did deploy in the Yukon, he said.

Phoenix staff writer Travis Sloat contributed to this story.

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton@muskogeephoenix.com.