Accidents In Oklahoma
Note:  I have researched and have found over 2,852 accidents involving Utility Trailers as reported by newspapers In this state.  I will feature 100 as finances allow to purchase the articles.  Please Note:

Since 1975 682 Lives Have been Lost In Oklahoma By "Passenger Cars That Tow Trailers"




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           1.
    The Daily Oklahoman - May 2, 1983

    Runaway Boat Kills Driver    
         _ A young Muskogee man was killed Sunday afternoon when the trailer-tongue of a runaway boat rig crashed through the windshield of his car and hit him in the neck and head.Rickey Lynn Allen, 21, was driving north on U.S. 64 highway just south of Haskell when a gust of wind tore the rig loose from an approaching car, according to a Highway Patrol report.A passenger in Allen's car and two people in the southbound car were uninjured....


           2. 
    Tulsa World - March 30, 1992

    Loose Trailer Hits Car, Killing OC Woman   
         An Oklahoma City woman died Saturday after a trailer came loose from a pickup and struck her car, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.Deanna Dawn Plank, 18, died at the scene of the accident on Interstate 44 in Oklahoma City, troopers said.The 16-foot flatbed trailer came loose from a pickup driven by Sheldon David Shapiro, 50, of Oklahoma City.The trailer crossed a median and struck two cars, one of which Plank was driving, troopers said.The driver of the second car was...



           3. 
    Lawton Constitution, The (OK) - November 6, 1993

    BRIEFS   
         Trailer comes loose, horse escapes A horse sustained minor injuries when the trailer in which it was riding came loose from the vehicle pulling it and crashed late Friday.The horse sustained a cut on one of its legs.Law enforcement officials said that the owners were traveling north on Interstate 44 just north of the Gate 2 exit when the trailer broke loose and traveled across the south lanes of the interstate before crashing.The horse escaped from...


           4. 
    Claremore Daily Progress, The (OK) - January 8, 2009

    Hazards on America‚Äôs highways   
         Last week a trailer broke loose from the pickup that was pulling it and crashed into a bridge on SH 66 just inside Catoosa city limits. Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials reported a support beam on the steel truss bridge had been severed and closed one lane while repairs were made.While repairs allowed ODOT to reopen the closed lane to traffic much earlier than anticipated, speed and weight restrictions still apply as repairs continue.If a loose trailer can sever a steel...



           5. 
    Daily Ardmoreite, The (Ardmore, OK) - November 9, 2004

    Cattle spill onto I-35 after trailer breaks loose   
         DAVIS -- About 25 cows were killed when a trailer broke loose from a cattle hauler, spilling them across Interstate 35 in Murray County Monday morning.At least 40 cattle were dumped onto the highway after the accident, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Chris Roan said. The rig was loaded with approximately 94 head of cattle. Some surviving animals wandered dazed across the road, causing a traffic backup for several miles, Roan said.''There were a bunch running around...


        6.  Tulsa World (OK) - March 6, 2007

    Loose trailer hits car, killing Kingston man   
         A Kingston man was killed Monday when a truck's trailer came loose and careened into his car in Pontotoc County, authorities said. Boyd Shipley, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident about two miles south of Fittstown on U.S. 377, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. Troopers said the trailer became detached from a southbound 1992 Peterbilt truck and struck Shipley's northbound 1988 Cadillac about 8:45 a.m. Monday. The truck...


         7.  The Daily Oklahoman - August 16, 1985

    Loose Trailer Kills Two Men   
         Two eastern Oklahoma men were killed early Thursday when their car struck a trailer that came loose from another vehicle and overturned on State Highway 33 near Locust Grove, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.In another recent traffic accident, a Collinsville woman was killed Wednesday night when she was struck by a pickup truck on U.S. 169 in Tulsa County, the patrol said.Dead are: BYRON HARTSHORNE, 58, Westville.DONALD JAMES KOONS, 40, Colcord.WANDA L. TIMS, 55,...


       8.  Shawnee News-Star, The (OK) - July 1, 2008

    Trailer becomes unhitched, causes accident; Maud motorist, passenger die   
         An 83-year-old Maud man was killed Monday afternoon on SH 9 when his truck hit a loose trailer that became unhitched from another pickup. His passenger, also 83, died hours later at an Oklahoma City hospital.The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the accident occurred about 2:14 p.m. on SH 9, about 100 yards east of South Rock Creek Road.Raymond Taylor, 83, died at the scene. His passenger, Grady D. Strawn, 83, died late Monday night at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, the OHP said....


        9.  Tulsa World - September 1, 1991

    Loose Farm Trailer Hits, Kills 2 Children   
         PLAINVIEW, Texas (AP) - A farm trailer broke loose from a pickup Saturday and pinned a young brother and sister against another trailer in their aunt's front yard, killing both children, officials said.The pickup, driven by a 26-year-old man, had been pulling two trailers when the second one broke loose and traveled about 200 feet before hitting the children.Officials did not release the driver's name and said no charges had been filed....



       10Tulsa World - July 2, 1991

    Errant Trailer Hits Truck 1 Dead, 2 Hurt   
         A trailer came off one pickup and hit another Monday on the Turner Turnpike, killing a Collinsville woman and injuring an Owasso man and his wife, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.Troopers said Bonnie F. Robertson, 83, was dead on arrival at Bristow Hospital from massive head and internal injuries.She was a passenger in the truck, driven by George H. Robertson, 65, of Owasso.James E. Emery of Tulsa was driving west on the turnpike in Creek County about 4:20 p.m. when the.



       11.  The Daily Oklahoman - October 16, 1987


    Car-Trailer Crash Injures Norman Man   
         A Norman man was critically injured and a horse was killed Thursday morning in a three-vehicle accident caused by an improperly secured horse trailer, authorities reported.Bill W. Russell, 59, of Norman was pinned in his vehicle 35 minutes with a fractured neck and internal chest injuries after his car collided head-on with a vehicle pulling a horse trailer on Interstate 240 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Dennis Dugan said.Russell was pulled from his car by an...



       12.  The Daily Oklahoman - March 14, 1998

    I-40 Traffic Backed Up By Wreck   
         Traffic on Interstate 40 was backed up for almost four hours during rush hour Friday after a gravel truck's trailer came loose and struck a bridge.The gravel truck was traveling east about 4:15 p.m. on I-40 when the trailer unhitched, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.The trailer struck the bridge at Sara Road in far west Oklahoma City, causing part of the bridge to drop a few inches.Troopers closed eastbound I-40 and rerouted traffic onto Mustang Road until about 8...


       13The Daily Oklahoman - May 2, 1983

    Four die in state traffic   
         Four people died on Oklahoma roads Sunday, including a Muskogee man killed in a freak accident involving a boat in tow on U.S. 64 near Haskell, the Highway Patrol reported today.Rickey Lynn Allen, 21, of Muskogee was killed Sunday after a gust of wind caused a boat and trailer to come loose from the vehicle pulling them, investigators said.The trailer's tongue smashed through Allen's windshield, striking him in the neck and head, troopers said.Donald E....


        14.  Durant Daily Democrat (OK) - June 10, 2009

    Vehicle pulling trailer flips   
         DURANT DAILY DEMOCRAT: DAVID C. REED A NORTHBOUND VEHICLE on Highway 69/ 75 was pulling a trailer when the trailer got loose from alignment with the vehicle Tuesday. The trailer than jacknifed the vehicle, and the vehicle flipped over. According to a Durant patrolman, the driver was transported to the hospital for minor injuries. ...


        15. The Daily Oklahoman - July 2, 1998

    3 Die in State Accidents   
         An Ada man died Wednesday after a trailer came off a moving pickup in Carter County and was struck by another pickup, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.In a separate wreck, two people died when their pickup overturned in Okfuskee County on Wednesday, the patrol said.Mark B. Lee, 29, was dead at the scene of the Carter County accident about 3:20 p.m. on U.S. 177 two miles south of Nebo.Lee was driving a pickup north when a travel trailer on a southbound pickup driven by Tracy L....



        16.  Lawton Constitution, The (OK) - July 25, 1987

    THOMESEN,TOMMY Thanks to all who helped after I-44 van/trailer accident on July 7. (Letter) Thomeson,Tommy.   
         TO THE EDITOR:Thanks Lawton!On July 7, 1987, we were involved in a serious accident on Interstate 44. A van pulling a trailer shifted from the right-hand lane to the left-hand lane in front of us, and the bouncing trailer came loose from the van. We had to brake, and an 18-wheeler behind us landed in our back seat. Our very special thanks go to:1. Major Hunt from Fort Sill, who took charge until the ambulance arrived. His help cannot be over-estimated.2. Kirk's Ambulance and...


        17.  Claremore Daily Progress, The (OK) - December 30, 2008

    Route 66 bridge damaged   
         Tuesday afternoon a trailer got loose from a pickup and struck the steel truss bridge over the Verdigris River on SH 66 north of Catoosa according to Kenna Mitchell, of Oklahoma Department of Transportation.Southbound traffic along SH 66 was routed back to SH 266.Following inspections by ODOT engineers, one lane was opened southbound on the bridge around 4 p.m. A speed limit of 45 mph will be strictly enforced along with a weight limit not to exceed 20 tons. Loads wider than 10 feet...


        18.  The Daily Oklahoman - May 31, 1986

    Traffic Halted   
         Firefighters cool down more than a dozen 30-gallon tanks of Acetylene that threatened to explode after a Presto Welding Supply trailer broke loose from the truck towing it and careened across the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 in downtown Oklahoma City. No on ewas injured, but traffic was blocked both directions. ...


        19.  Tulsa World - July 17, 1989

    Lawton Woman Dies After Truck Overturns   
         A Lawton woman was killed Sunday when her pickup truck flipped over on a state highway, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.Dead is: CLAUDINE JANE PLANT, 57, of Lawton.Plant's pickup was westbound on Oklahoma 7 pulling a trailer loaded with firewood, when the trailer began to whip from side to side. The trailer broke loose and the truck rolled twice, the OHP said.Plant was thrown from the truck, which then rolled over her. She was pronounced dead at the scene....


        20.  The Daily Oklahoman - September 15, 1988

    Four Die in Wrecks On State Highways   
         Two accidents on Oklahoma roads Tuesday killed four people, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported Wednesday.Two Elk City women died when their car struck a trailer that had come loose from a pickup truck on State Highway 152 west of Cordell, the patrol said.Patricia J. Bonifield, 37, the driver of the car, and Coe Ann Willis, 52, died at the scene of the accident, which occurred at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday, troopers said.The patrol said Dawn E. Perkins, 18, of Okmulgee and Roy Freeland...


        21.  The Daily Oklahoman - August 26, 1983

    Bus hit; 4 children treated   
         (AP) _ Four children are recovering from minor injuries they suffered in a school bus accident just north of the Snyder city limits, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.The patrol said a fertilizer trailer came loose from a pickup truck which was pulling it, and collided with the bus carrying 48 students to school Thursday morning.Treated at an Altus hospital and released were Patrick White, 6; Jeremy White, 7, and Eric Harger, 6. All were from Snyder, troopers said.Anthony...


        22.  Altus Times (OK) - March 6, 2009

    Fishing in the front yard?   
         A woman reported late Thursday morning that a boat had just sailed into her front yard on North Park Avenue.Upon arrival, police found a fishing boat had come loose from the trailer it was being hauled on, went through some shrubbery, and stopped just short of hitting a vehicle parked in the driveway.Compensation for damages was arranged, and no citation was issued.Altus Times photo by Michael...



       
    23.  Lawton Constitution, The (OK) - August 1, 2001

    Smash-Up   
         Copyright 2001 by The Lawton Constitution, All rights Reserved. Police officers, firefighters and others work to clear the scene of an accident Tuesday on East Gore Boulevard. Lawton Police Department Master Officer Bob McGlothin said the accident occurred when a trailer loaded with ice came loose from a truck and drifted into oncoming traffic. It smashed into a 1992 Dodge Dynasty driven by Lisa Womack. Her car then slammed into a truck. Womack was being held at a local hospital for observation...


        24.  Miami News-Record (OK) - April 8, 2003

    Unsecured load causes bulldozer to tip over   
         A dump truck driver has been cited for failure to secure his load in the wake of an accident that closed the Miami truck route Monday morning for about 90 minutes. Gary Lee Gideon, 55, of Miami, was issued the citation Monday when a bulldozer he was hauling apparently shifted on a trailer he was pulling behind a dumptruck, flipping both the bulldozer and the 24-foot-long trailer on their sides.The Miami News-Record incorrectly reported Monday that the accident occurred when the...


        25.  Tulsa World - July 22, 1993

    GM, Auto Dealer Sued Over Traffic Fatality   
         BRISTOW - The widow of a Sand Springs man is suing General Motors Corp. and Keystone Chevrolet for the November burning death of her husband.Donald R. Wilson, 51, was driving a 1987 Chevrolet pickup truck Oct. 28, 1992, when it was struck by a trailer that had broken loose from another vehicle on Interstate 244 near Mingo Road in Tulsa.Wilson's pickup exploded into flames. He died Nov. 1 at Hillcrest Medical Center.Wilson's widow, Carole, filed the...


        26. Tulsa World - November 2, 1992

    Burned Crash Victim Dies Rites Tuesday   
         A man rescued Wednesday from his burning pickup truck died Sunday at Hillcrest Medical Center.Don Rufus Wilson, 51, of Sand Springs was pulled from the truck by four strangers who saw it go up in flames Wednesday morning after it was struck by a trailer that had broken loose from another vehicle on Interstate 244 near Mingo Road.Wilson was taken to Hillcrest Medical Center with severe burns over 75 percent of his body. He remained there in critical condition until his death....


        27.  The Daily Oklahoman - June 7, 1986

    Texas Police Seek Hit, Run Suspect   
         Texas authorities are offering a reward for a man who may be in Oklahoma City.James Neil Hartman, 32, is wanted in connection with the May 23 death of Mansfield, Texas, police officer Danny Cordes.Cordes, 46, was killed in Mansfield while on patrol. He died after a trailer broke loose from an oncoming vehicle believed driven by Hartman and struck his motorcycle head-on.Police believe Hartman may be in the Oklahoma City area because Mansfield police received calls from a man...


        28.  Lawton Constitution, The (OK)

    July 24, 1987
       
    Edition: Morning Press
    Section: News
    Page: 3A

    Topics:
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    CCDCT:PEOPCR

    TAYLOR,ELTON GRANVILLE

    Arraignment Aug. 21. FISHER,SANDERA A.

    3 years, all suspended but 60 days in jail; Payments to county and state victim funds and to Law Enforcement Education fund. LONGHAT,DANIEL

    Arraignment Aug. 7. SMILEY,JOAN Y.

    2 years and fines. WILLARD,JIMMY RAY

    Bound over for arraignment.
    Author: MetzerS.

    Article Text:

    * CUMMINS,BECKY ANN: Charge amended to misdeanor. MetzerS.

    An Anardarko man accused of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident July 7 was bound over for trial Thursday in Comanche County District Court.

    Elton Granville Taylor, 28, appeared for his preliminary hearing on the felony charge in the courtroom of Special District Judge Allen McCall, who determined there was enough evidence in the case to warrant continued prosecution of the defendant.

    A jury trial will be set for Taylor if he pleads innocent to the charge at his formal arraignment, set for Aug. 21 before District Judge William Roberts. Bond for Taylor remains at $1,500.According to court records, Taylor also is accused of two misdemeanor charges stemming from the wreck on I-44 near Fort Sill's Key Gate. He was allegedly driving a 1973 Ford Econoline van towing a trailer, when the trailer came loose and nearly collided with oncoming traffic.

    Two people were injured when the driver of a 1986 Lincoln Continental swerved to avoid the trailer and collided with an 80,000-pound semi-tractor truck.

    Taylor was arrested and charged with the wreck July 11.In other district court action Thursday, a city woman was ordered to serve 60 days in the county jail after she pleaded guilty to charges of larceny of merchandise from a retailer.

    Sandera A. Fisher appeared for formal sentencing before District Judge J. Winston Raburn, who passed down a three-year prison sentence, with all but 60 days suspended. He also ordered Fisher to pay all court costs in the case, and to make payments to the State Victim Relief Fund, the Comanche County Victim Relief Fund and to the County Law Enforcement Education Training fund.

    The felony charge filed against Fisher stemmed from her theft of $82 worth of clothing from a Central Mall department store.

    Daniel Longhat, 28, of 2405 Williams, was bound over to face second-degree burglary charges.

    Accused of breaking into an apartment in the 5300-block of Northwest Cache Road, Longhat appeared for his preliminary hearing Thursday before McCall. Longhat's formal arraignment on the charge was set for Aug. 7. His bond remains at $2,000.A two-year suspended term was handed down to Joan Y. Smiley, following her plea of guilty to larceny of merchandise from a retailer.

    Raburn also ordered Smiley to pay fines and court costs in excess of $600 within the next six months.

    Jimmy Ray Willard, charged with embezzlement of rented property, was bound over for arraignment before Chief District Judge Kenneth Youngblood. According to court records, bond for the defendant was reduced from $2,000 to $1,000.NOT IN MPBecky Ann Cummins, 32, of 1204 NW Ferris, appeared for her preliminary hearing on a charge of uttering a bogus check. The state announced the charge is to be ammended to a misdemeanor complaint.

    A charge of felony sale of intoxicating liquor to a minor filed against William P. Donahue also was reduced to a misdemeanor complaint, according to court records.

    Copyright 1987, 2009, The Lawton Constitution, All Rights Reserved.
    Record Number: 1260D41EDBB7BBD0




         29.  Tulsa World

    October 29, 1992
       
    Edition: FINAL HOME EDITION
    Section: CITY/STATE
    Page: A21

    Man Rescued In Fiery Crash
    Author: Bill Swindell

    Article Text:

    A private mail carrier, a man on his way to his university's homecoming and a 31-year-old Tulsan helped save the life

    of a man whose pickup truck exploded into flames in a Wednesday morning collision on a Tulsa interstate, troopers said.

    Don Rufus Wilson, 51, of Sand Springs is listed in critical condition at Hillcrest Medical Center with two broken legs and burns to 75 percent of his body, said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Tim Welch.

    Two men involved in the collision on Interstate 244 and

    a passing motorist braved the flames that shot about 10

    feet into the air and pulled Wilson, whose clothes were

    on fire, from the burning truck.

    "Mr. Wilson is very lucky," Welch said. "In all probability, this should have been a fatality. Natural instinct took

    over with these guys and they saved a life."

    Welch credited Kent Rollmann, 61, of Bartlesville; Vincent Luisi, 29, of Tulsa; and Justin M. Meek, 31, of Tulsa, with saving Wilson's life.

    Luisi said he suffered only from dizziness and a few aches, and Rollmann said he sustained minor burns on both of his hands.

    Meek, who declined comment, was listed in good condition at Hillcrest with third-degree burns on both of his hands, said spokesman Melissa Bogle.

    Troopers gave this account of the accident:

    Raymond Cook, 46, of Vinita, was driving a pickup truck carrying a 16-foot flatbed utility trailer at 8:30 a.m.

    Cook, with two passengers, was westbound near Mingo Road when his trailer broke loose, crossed the median and entered eastbound lanes.


    Wilson's pickup truck struck the trailer, burst into flames and spun out of control.

    Rollman and his wife, Norma, were traveling behind Wilson and their car struck his truck. Both vehicles came to rest on the right shoulder.

    Luisi's vehicle first struck the trailer and then crashed into the two vehicles.

    Meek came on the scene just after the accident and helped out.

    Rollman said after his car crashed into Wilson's pickup, he backed up his heavily damaged car and got out to check on him.

    "I didn't see the initial collision. I just looked up and saw a ball of fire," he said.

    Rollmann said he and Meek didn't think that they could pull Wilson from the pickup.

    "He was hanging out the window and we were trying to get a hold of him," Rollmann said. "His coat and everything

    was on fire. We tried to put the flames out on his arms

    by patting him down."

    Those efforts resulted in the two suffering burns on their hands.

    Rollmann said he and his wife were en route to a homecoming at Harding University in Arkansas.

    Luisi, a carrier for Mailrun who usually averages a 180 miles a day on the road, said he could see Rollmann and

    Meek struggle trying to free Wilson.

    As he came up to the burning truck, Luisi grabbed a piece of felt that was left as debris on the road.

    "When I got up there, I could see that he was still conscious," he said. "He was yelling, `Get me out!' "

    Luisi said he used the piece of felt to wrap around Wilson's arm, and on the fourth try they pulled him out.

    "We got him out of the truck, and we could tell that his legs were in bad shape. We patted out the places where it was still smoldering and then dragged him 50 feet off to

    the side," Luisi said.

    The rescue lasted two minutes, Welch said.

    Rollmann said he doesn't consider himself a hero.

    "I'm just glad we were able to get him out," he said.

    "I'd hope that someone would do the same for me if I was

    in the same situation."

    Welch said eastbound traffic was snarled a mile until wreckage was cleared at 10:30 a.m.

    Copyright 1992 Tulsa World. World Publishing Co.
    Record Number: TUL357800


        30.  The Daily Oklahoman

    March 30, 1992
       
    Section: NEWS
    Page: 4

    Topics:
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    TRAFFIC DEATHS AUTOMOBILE TRUCK ACCIDENTS

    Three Killed In Separate State Accidents
    Author: Lisa Beckloff

    Article Text:

    An elderly man was killed Sunday afternoon when his truck backed over him as he checked on oilfield equipment near Tulsa, officials said.

    Additionally, two young women were killed Saturday night in separate accidents in Oklahoma City and Pauls Valley, authorities said.

    Dead are Leonard Van Moore, 81, of Collinsville; Deanna Dawn Plank, 18, of Oklahoma City; and Ann Marie Cavnar, 22, of Midwest City.

    Moore's pickup rolled backward about 2:30 p.m. after he got out to check the equipment, Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports show. Moore then was dragged almost 50 feet before the truck came to a stop.

    Plank died at the scene of a three-vehicle accident after being pinned in her car for almost a half-hour, Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports show.

    Injured in that accident was Annja Roloene Montgomery, 20, of Moore who was treated for head and back injuries and released from Hillcrest Hospital, the report states.

    The accident occurred about 6 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 44 near the SW 15 exit when a 16-foot trailer came loose from a vehicle driven by Sheldon David Shapiro, 50, of Oklahoma City.


    Shapiro was northbound on the interstate when the trailer crossed the median and struck the right front portion of

    Montgomery's car before hitting the left front of Plank's car, the report states.

    All three drivers were using seat belts.

    In the Pauls Valley accident, Cavnar died after an 11:45 p.m. accident in a residential area of Pauls Valley, police Sgt. Jeff Karman said.

    The car struck a tree, killing Cavnar and injuring the driver, Rodney Veals, 20.

    Veals was in critical condition and was undergoing surgery Sunday night at Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

    Seat belts were not used, Karman said.

    Copyright 1992 Oklahoma Publishing Company
    Record Number: OKC1767230


        31.  The Daily Oklahoman - December 13, 1993

    Horses Not Hurt When Trailer Flips   
         Two horses munched on grass beside Interstate 240 in Oklahoma City on Sunday afternoon, apparently unfazed and unhurt after their trailer overturned on the busy highway.Olen Sturgeon, 25, of Elk City said he was eastbound on I-240 east of Pennsylvania Avenue when his vehicle was cut off by a car entering the interstate about 11:10 a.m., Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Gary Vinson said.Sturgeon told troopers he was transporting the horses to Pauls Valley. As he swerved to avoid hitting...


        32.  Lawton Constitution, The (OK) - November 6, 1993

    BRIEFS   
         Trailer comes loose, horse escapes A horse sustained minor injuries when the trailer in which it was riding came loose from the vehicle pulling it and crashed late Friday.The horse sustained a cut on one of its legs.Law enforcement officials said that the owners were traveling north on Interstate 44 just north of the Gate 2 exit when the trailer broke loose and traveled across the south lanes of the interstate before crashing.The horse escaped from...



        33The Daily Oklahoman

    October 16, 1987
       
    Section: NEWS
    Page: 3

    Topics:
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    TRAFFIC ACCIDENT DEATH INJURY

    Car-Trailer Crash Injures Norman Man
    Author: Judy Kuhlman

    Article Text:

    A Norman man was critically injured and a horse was killed Thursday morning in a three-vehicle accident caused by an improperly secured horse trailer, authorities reported.

    Bill W. Russell, 59, of Norman was pinned in his vehicle 35 minutes with a fractured neck and internal chest injuries after his car collided head-on with a vehicle pulling a horse trailer on Interstate 240 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Dennis Dugan said.

    Russell was pulled from his car by an Oklahoma City Fire

    Department rescue squad and rushed to Hillcrest Health Center where he was reported in critical but stable condition. Russell was later transferred to St. Anthony Hospital.

    The trailer contained two horses at the time of the accident.

    Dugan said one horse had to be destroyed at the scene. The other animal was taken to a veterinarian.

    A third car driven by Kathleen Anderson, 43, also of Norman, struck Russell's vehicle from behind. Anderson was not injured, Dugan said.

    Dugan said a Chevrolet Blazer driven by Jesse Clement, 38, of Searcy, Ark., was eastbound on I-240 near S May when the trailer it was pulling came loose from the truck, veered across the median and collided with Russell's westbound car.


    Anderson's vehicle struck Russell's car in the rear, pinning Russell in the wreckage, Dugan said.

    Clement was cited for pulling a trailer without proper chains to secure it, Dugan said.

    Copyright 1987, 1995 Oklahoma Publishing Company
    Record Number: OKC1111299

        34.  Tulsa World - March 5, 1999

    Owner charged after dragging horse   
         An Osage County man was charged Thursday with animal cruelty for allegedly pulling a struggling horse behind a horse trailer.Gary Bradley is accused of tying a rope around a mustang mare's neck and pulling her after she refused to go into the trailer, authorities said.Osage County District Attorney Larry Stuart said Bradley was sent a letter Thursday informing him that the charge had been filed and that he had 10 days to turn himself in.If Bradley fails to do so, a...



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