Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Crash Sends Two Children to Hospital

A one-vehicle crash sent two children to the hospital on Monday.

Sallisaw rescue workers reported the crash occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Monday at U.S. Highway 59 and Taylor Drive on Sallisaw’s north side.

Fire Chief Anthony Armstrong reported the driver and father of the two children said he was driving north on Highway 59 when he reached to adjust the air conditioner. When he looked up a car in front of him had stopped to turn onto Taylor Drive. The driver swerved to avoid the stopped vehicle and hit an electrical pole, breaking the pole.

Armstrong said the two children were in the back seat of the car. A male child, about 9 years old, had a broken leg. The female, about 8 years old, had cuts and scrapes. Both children were transported to area hospitals for treatment.

Armstrong said Sallisaw police kept Highway 59 open by directing traffic around the crash, but Taylor Drive was blocked for between 30 and 40 minutes.

The broken power pole belonged to Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative which replaced the pole Monday evening. Armstrong said that, as far as he knew, power was not interrupted.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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