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April 14, 2014

Four injured in three-auto collision

Investigator says passengers in one vehicle ‘very lucky’ to survive

FORT GIBSON — At least four people were taken to EASTAR Health System following a three-vehicle crash Sunday on U.S. 62 at Willey Road, police said.

The names and conditions of the people injured were not available.

Fort Gibson police Sgt. Donnie Yarbrough said a southbound black Chevrolet S-10 pickup failed to yield to two eastbound vehicles at approximately 2:40 p.m.

“It ran across in front of this vehicle,” Yarbrough said, pointing to a red Chevrolet S-10 pickup, which was upside down in the middle of the eastbound lanes. “This vehicle flipped instantly.”

A white Buick Rendezvous, driven by a woman, also was eastbound.

“She hit him again,” Yarbrough said about the black pickup.

At least three people whom Yarbrough described as “kids” were in the black pickup, which came to rest upside down. The driver of the red pickup was its only occupant, he said.

The blinker on the passenger side of the black pickup continued to blink as emergency personnel worked the crash. A basketball, skateboards and tennis shoes were strewn about the side of the highway amid plastic, metal and shattered glass. The windshield of the Rendezvous was shattered, and its front end was crumpled. The smell of gasoline lingered in the air.

The speed limit on that section of highway is 55 mph.

Yarbrough said the occupants of the black pickup were fortunate that they were not killed.

“They’re very lucky,” he said.

Reach Elizabeth Ridenour at (918) 684-2929 or eridenour@muskogeephoenix.com.

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