Thursday, July 5, 2018

One Dead After Head-On Collision

A two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon, on Highway 64 left a Vian woman dead.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers working the accident said 22-year-old Deana Everett of Vian was pronounced dead at the scene from trunk, leg and arm injuries.

Investigators said Everett was a passenger in a 2007 Chevrolet Impala driven by Richard Burleson, 22, also of Vian. Nina Cate, 19, of Sallisaw, was driving a 2011 Chevy Impala westbound on Highway 64, and went left of center to pass another vehicle just before 1 p.m. July 3 about two miles east of Vian. Burleson was eastbound, and Cate’s vehicle struck Burleson’s head-on, with Cate’s vehicle leaving the left side of the roadway coming to rest in a creek. The Burleson vehicle rotated one-half time and came to rest in the roadway.

Burleson was transported to a Fort Smith hospital with internal trunk injuries in stable condition. Three additional juvenile passengers in Burleson’s vehicle, ages 4, 1-and-a-half, and 2 months were all treated and released from a Fort Smith hospital. Cate and a 1-year-old juvenile passenger in her vehicle were both airlifted to a Tulsa hospital and were admitted with arm and leg injuries, respectively, in stable condition.

Troopers said seat belts were in use in the Cate vehicle, and all three juvenile passengers in the Burleson vehicle were secured in car seats. Everett was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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