Highway crash kills 1, injures 5

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

A local woman died and five other local Pawhuskans were injured last week in an Osage County traffic accident on Highway 60, four miles west of the Bartlesville Airport.

Betty E. Reber, 79, succumbed from injuries sustained Wednesday, Sept. 16, in a three-vehicle mishap six miles west of the Washington County line, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. She was pronounced dead at Bartlesville’s Jane Phillips Medical Center approximately an hour after the crash.

The funeral service for Reber will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 28, at First Presbyterian Church in Pawhuska.

The highway patrol said the accident occurred around 11:40 a.m. at the U.S. 60 intersection with CR 2145. (Osage County Road 2145 extends southward while CR 3551 intersects with the north side of the highway at the same location.) OHP reports said the woman sustained multiple injuries to the head, arms and legs, as well as both external and internal trunk injuries.

Radio transmissions by emergency medical personnel indicated she had been taken by ambulance to Bartlesville Airport, where she was to be transferred into an air-evac helicopter from Tulsa. The ambulance proceeded to the nearby hospital before the chopper arrived after the patient’s condition worsened, according to the radio dispatches.

Mrs. Reber was a passenger in a car driven by her husband, John G. Reber, a former music instructor at Pawhuska High School (as well as Barnsdall and Skiatook). John Reber, 86, was taken to JPMC and then transported to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, where he was admitted in critical condition with head and trunk internal injuries.

According to the OHP, a 2001 Ford sport utility vehicle driven by 41-year-old Hung Dinh of Pawhuska was travelling westbound on Highway 60 in front of a westbound 1992 Dodge pickup driven by 24-year-old Samuel L. Malloy of Pawhuska. The report stated that the driver of the SUV attempted to perform a U-turn in the CR 2145 intersection and was struck by the pickup, causing the SUV to cross the center line into the eastbound lane and collide with the 2011 Chrysler sedan driven by Reber.

The driver and passenger of the car had to be freed from the vehicle by emergency responders from the Bartlesville Fire Department, the accident report said. Dinh was transported by ambulance to JPMC where he was listed in stable condition with head injuries, according to the report. A passenger in the SUV, 34-year-old Adrienne L. Jacobs of Pawhuska, was admitted to the Bartlesville hospital in stable condition with head and leg injuries, the OHP added.

Malloy was taken by private vehicle to the hospital, where he was treated and released. No injuries were received by three small children — a 4-year-old and two 1-year-olds — who were riding in the pickup. The pickup’s other passenger, 22-year-old Kelsey M. Arnce was transported by Bartlesville EMS to JPMC, where she was admitted in stable condition with head and trunk external injuries.

An improper U-turn was listed as the cause of the collision. Seat belts were not being used by the driver or the passenger in the SUV and only the three children were protected by seat belts in the pickup, according to the report, which stated that both the driver and passenger of the car were wearing seat belts. Front airbags deployed in all three of the vehicles, the OHP added. The Osage County Sheriff’s Office also assisted at the accident scene, the report said.