A Carterville, Missouri man was injured in a four-vehicle accident south of Locust Grove involving a two Jay women.
According to the report, issued by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Dereck Humphrey, with the Mayes County Detachment, the incident occurred at approximately 5:32 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8i, on State Highway 82 south of County Road 610, approximately five miles south of Locust Grove.
During the incident three vehicles were southbound on Highway 82, when the 2006 Nissan Titan driven by an unnamed 16-year-old from Locust Grove, stopped to yield to oncoming traffic.
At that time the third vehicle in the chain, the 2013 Dodge Dart driven by Shelby Backward, 21, of Jay, struck the 2015 Toyota Rave4, driven by Kermit D. Rhodes, 60, of Hulbert.
Rhodes vehicle then struck the Nissan driven by the 16-year-old, which caused the vehicle to move into the oncoming traffic.
At that time, the report states William J. Caldwell, 65, of Carterville, attempted to depart the roadway to avoid a collision, when he overcorrected his 2001 Honda Accord to the left, and overturned the vehicle two and half times before it came to rest in the middle of the roadway on its top.
Caldwell was pinned for approximately 19 minutes before being freed by members of the Locust Grove Fire Department using the Jaws of Life.
He was then transported by Tulsa Life Flight to St. John’s in Tulsa, were he was admitted in stable condition with head injuries.
Backwards passenger, a 16-year-old female from Jay, was not injured. Rhodes passengers, Connie L. Rhodes, 61, and Kassie D. Rhodes, 30, both of Hulbert, were not injured. Elva Trujillo, 53, of Locust Grove, who was riding with the 16-year-old driver, was also not injured.
The cause of the incident is listed as inattentive driving. Humphrey said the condition of all four drivers was “apparently normal” and seatbelt were in use by all drivers and passengers.
All four vehicles were equipped with airbags, which deployed in Backward, Rhodes and Caldwell’s vehicles.
Humphrey was assisted by OHP Trooper Eric Gibe, and members of the Salina Police Department, MESTA EMS, Locust Grove Fire Department, Locust Grove Police Department, Peggs Fire Department, Mayes County Sheriff’s Office and Tulsa Life Flight.