Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Several Area Accidents Occurred Over Holiday Weekend

A three-car crash sent a Spiro women to the hospital Friday. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported Lola Woods, 79, of Spiro was transported by LeFlore EMS to Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith where she was admitted in stable condition with head and trunk external injuries. The OHP reported Woods was a passenger in a 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by John Earl Osborne, 74, also from Spiro. He was not injured in the wreck. According to the OHP, Osborne failed to yield to a 2007 Dodge pickup truck at the intersection of Casey Lane and U.S. Highway 271, on Old Pocola Highway in Leflore County. The Monte Carlo hit the Dodge pickup, then collided with a third vehicle, a 2003 Dodge pickup driven by Frank Thornburg, 47, of Spiro. Thornburg was transported by a privately-owned vehicle to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith where he was treated and released. The driver of the 2007 Dodge, Thomas Finif, 58, of Spiro, was not injured. A passenger in his truck, Keli Thomas, 42, of Spiro, was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Sparks Regional Medical Center where she was treated and released. 

On Saturday, one man and a juvenile were injured, and hospitalized, after a one vehicle wreck on a county road in Haskell County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported Roy Nixon, 18, of Chester, Arkansas was driving a 1999 Ford Ranger north on a county road, one mile west of McCurtain, when he failed to negotiate a curve and left the road to the right, striking a tree. Nixon and a juvenile in the truck, also from Chester, were transported to Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith. Nixon was listed in critical condition with multiple injuries, and then transferred to St. Johns Hospital in Tulsa. The juvenile was also transported to Sparks Regional Medical Center and was listed in stable condition with multiple injuries. A second passenger, Tyler Coder, 19, from Alma, Arkansas, was not injured.

A personal injury collision occurred at 9:02 p.m. on Monday on Interstate 40 eastbound at Mile-Marker 285.5, one-mile south and one and a half miles west of Webbers Falls in Muskogee County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported Manuel Ramon Amenta, 35, of Bloomington, California, was driving a 2010 Freightliner east on the interstate when he left the road on the left side, over-corrected, overturned and the truck came to rest on the driver's side facing west. Amenta was pinned for about one hour, and freed by the Webbers Falls Fire Department. He was transported by Life-Flight to Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith with leg injuries, and was admitted. He was listed in good condition. The OHP said Amenta was apparently sleepy, which caused the wreck.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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