Woman injured in multi-vehicle accident

Staying alert to the things going on around you while you are driving is a must. Failing to pay attention to traffic patterns or changes in speed can prove disastrous. It is imperative that when driving all the rules of the road are followed so everyone gets to their intended destinations safely. If one person fails in this task, the consequences of car accidents can be devastating.

Ponca City and Kay readers might have heard about this accident involving a car, a pickup truck and a semi. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a 61-year-old woman was traveling on Highway 7 on the morning of Sept. 9 when she failed to stop and slammed into the back of a pickup truck. The impact sent the pickup into the back of a semi. Neither the semi driver nor the driver of the pickup was injured.

Unfortunately, the woman was injured. She was first transported to a local hospital in Sulfur, but was then airlifted to another hospital on Oklahoma City with severe internal upper trunk injuries. Both the semi driver and the pickup driver were wearing seatbelts. The woman was not.

Police are still investigating the accident. In accidents such as this, everything will be checked out, from the vehicles to road and weather conditions. If there is no defect found on the vehicles, such as faulty breaks or other malfunction, the investigation will focus on the driver. Investigators will determine if the women suffered some type of medical emergency which contributed to the accident and could explain her not slowing down before striking the pickup. Although the woman's injuries are severe, it is fortunate that no one else was injured in the accident, because the woman could be found financially responsible for any expenses incurred due to the accident.

Pauls Valley Daily Democrat, "Area wreck hurts Stratford woman" No author given, Sep. 10, 2013

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