Kendra Montana

Grove Sun

A two vehicle accident occurred on the Will Rogers Turnpike Tuesday afternoon resulting in one person being air lifted to Tulsa, and blocking traffic for hours just east of the Vinita exit.

Kimberly D. Green, 38, of Bixby, was transported to Tulsa via Air Vac Ambulance where she was admitted in critical condition after being pinned in the wreckage of the vehicle she was riding in for nearly an hour.

The incident took place at 3:35, Tuesday afternoon, in the westbound lane of I44 just past the Vinita exit when a 2005 Volvo tractor trailer driven by Paul Johnson, 42, of Eufaula, pulled to the side of the road after experiencing engine trouble.

According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports, Johnson pulled to the westbound shoulder due to engine trouble when a second vehicle, a 2010 Ford Pickup driven by Michael Wayne Yates, 37, of Bixby collided with him. Yates was attempting to exit the turnpike and failed to notice the tractor trailer and ran into the back of it.

Green, who was riding in the front seat, was pinned in the front seat for nearly an hour before members of the Vinita Fire Department extricated her from the wreckage. She was then air transported to St. Johnís Hospital in Tulsa , where she was admitted in critical condition with head, arm, leg, trunk external and internal injuries.

Greenís daughters, Lily Gabriel Siewert, 13, and Isabella Ashley Siewert, 9, of Bixby, were taken to St. Johnís by Mercy EMS, where they were both treated and released for leg and arm injuries.

Johnson was uninjured in the accident and Yates refused treatment at the scene.

All those involved in the accident were wearing seatbelts at the time.

The incident was investigated by Trooper Eddie Rose, of the Will Rogers Turnpike Detachment,† and assisted by Capt. Jack McCoy, Lt. Mark Roach, and Troopers Ben Bertram, tim Gibson, Matt† Sullivan and Brett Bennett.