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July 13, 2013

Two hurt after driver falls asleep on I-40

Two Arkansas residents were injured on Interstate 40 when the driver fell asleep and ran off the road, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report.

Rambabu Anam, 30, and Swatah Lella, 23, both of Bentonville, were stable when they were admitted to  St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, the report states. Their condition was unavailable Friday.

The report states Anam was driving a 1997 Geo Prism eastbound at about 9 a.m. Thursday, 10 miles east of Checotah at mile marker 274 in McIntosh County. He told the trooper he fell asleep, and the vehicle ran off the edge of the right side of the road and struck a tree. Aman and Lella were wearing seat belts, and both were pinned in the vehicle. They were removed by the Warner Fire Department.

The vehicle’s airbags did deploy.

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