Deaths and Injuries the Results of Rash of Accidents in Oklahoma

Deaths and Injuries the Results of Rash of Accidents in OklahomaA number of drivers and passengers have died in accidents in Oklahoma in the past few days. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol delivered many of the reports.

The Associated Press reports on a Tulsa accident on Thursday, August 4, in which a woman, 39-year-old Deborah Beeler from Claremore, was killed as the utility vehicle she was a passenger in was struck by a flat rail car. The car was unmanned.

Randy Battenfield, the driver of the Kubota RTV 900 4×4, wasn’t injured. The car was hit when trying to pass over railroad tracks. The rail car, on property owned by Burlington Northern Railroad, operates by gravity, the news outlet reports.

Beeler was hit in the early hours of Thursday morning, around 2 a.m., at the west Tulsa accident site. She was pinned for two hours, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Eventually, she’d be freed by firefighters, but was pronounced dead at the scene. She had suffered multiple injuries, according to the news source.

Beeler was a railroad worker in Tulsa, making the death a fatal workplace accident. The accident happened at a crossing near Southwest Boulevard and 23rd street, according to JusticeNewsFlash.com. The rolling flat car’s gravity system is used to move each railroad car to form a train. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Beeler’s body had to be pulled from the wreckage.

A single-car accident took place on the afternoon of the same Thursday. Sixty-seven-year-old Noel Truex became ill as he drove a mile south of Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Stuck on a country road, his sport utility vehicle careened off the road’s left side, and then hit the railing of a bridge. Mr. Truex died at the scene. He reportedly was not wearing a seat belt, according to an August 4 report in the Oklahoman.

Later that day, around 7 p.m., two Pawnee residents and one Morrison resident died in a three-car collision in Payne County, on State Highway 108, south of Airport Road. The victims were 49-year-old Vance Cobey, 38-year-old Jenifer Knott and Jenah Knott, the Oklahoman next reported on August 5.

The three were involved in a crash that began with 30-year-old Stillwater resident April Lett, who was driving along SH 108 when her SUV shifted left of the center of the road, the news source reports. Lett sustained injuries and was flown to a hospital for treatment.

Lett’s 1999 Dodge Durango, the Tulsa World reports, then hit Jenifer Knott’s 1997 Dodge Intrepid, with was driving north on State Highway. Lett’s Durango then swerved left of center on the highway, and hit Jenifer Knott and her passenger Jenah Knott head on.

According to Tulsa World, another driver, 33-year-old Brian Knott, in another car, was then pulled into the crash. The Oklahoma State Police described how Lett’s sports utility vehicle then hit Brian Knott’s 2006 Ford Mustang.

When their vehicle hit Knott’s, April Lett and Vance Cobey, her passenger, were both thrown from their car, according to the Oklahoman. Vance Cobey died at the scene having suffered massive injuries. On Friday, Lett was found in good condition, after being flown to Oklahoma University Medical Center. Cobey and Lett both reportedly did not wear seat belts, according to the news source.

Brian Knott was flown to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa. Knott’s passenger was taken to Stillwater Medical Center, where she was treated and released.