Three children — including a 2-year-old — were among five people who were injured last week in a tractor truck collision with a car approximately 1 3/4 miles south of town on State Highway 11/99, said the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
The accident occurred at 10:02 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, when the car attempted to turn left just as the truck was trying to pass it, according to OHP troopers, who said both vehicles were south bound at the time of the crash.
Involved in the mishap were a 2007 Chrysler automobile operated by 16-year-old Kaylee McCullough of Wynona and a 2014 Volvo tractor truck driven by Steven Love, 50, of Glenpool, the OHP said.
Reports indicated McCullough made a left turn just before Love attempted to pass her car in his Hiland Dairy truck.
Impact of the truck colliding with the car caused both vehicles to go off the left side of the road before coming to rest in a ditch near Osage County Road 2518, the reports added. (Note: CR 2518 leads to an RV park on the east side of the highway.)
The female driver was pinned in the car for around 45 minutes before being freed through extrication by Pawhuska Fire Department personnel. McCullough was then airlifted by Air-Evac to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa where she was admitted in stable condition with head, trunk internal and trunk external injuries.
Also airlifted to St. Francis was a 23-month-old male passenger of the car. The child was admitted to the hospital with a head injury.
Another passenger, 38-year-old Chris McCullough of Lexington, was taken via Mercy Ambulance to St. Francis. He was later admitted for treatment of head, trunk internal and trunk external injuries.
Two additional child passengers — a 7-year old male and an 11-year-old female, also of Lexington — also were transported by ambulance to the Tulsa hospital. They were treated and released for head, trunk internal and trunk external injuries.
Love, the driver and lone occupant of the truck, sustained no apparent injuries in the accident, according to the OHP.
A Pawhuska firefighter received treatment for heat exhaustion at the scene of the accident, reports added.
Listed as the cause of the collision was "improper passing," the OHP report stated.
Seat belts were apparently in use by all but the 23-month-old child, according to the report. Troopers added that the car was not equipped with child restraint seats.
Also providing assistance at the accident scene were personnel from the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Pawhuska Police Department, Osage Nation Tribal Fire Department, the Pershing and Hominy fire departments and the Osage Nation Tribal Police.