From AP reports
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — At least eight people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in eastern Oklahoma over a two-day period, including three teenagers, authorities said.
The latest fatality occurred sometime Monday on U.S. Highway 59 near Jay in Delaware County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
Shane A. Cass, 17, sustained massive injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, troopers said.
The Pawhuska resident was northbound on U.S. 59 when his 1994 Chevrolet sedan ran off the right side of the road, hit an embankment, went airborne and rolled, pinning him and a passenger, Ciara Dawn Pappin.
Pappin, 18, of Oaks, was flown to a Joplin, Mo., hospital in fair condition, the OHP reported. Neither was wearing a seat belt, troopers said.
Catoosa teenagers Natalie Wylie, 18, and Skylar Fields, 17, were killed in a head-on collision about 1:40 p.m. Sunday in Rogers County, troopers said.
Wylie was driving a car south on Oklahoma 167 when the car crossed the center line just south of Oklahoma 266 and slammed into a pickup truck driven by Charles Payne, 70, of Broken Arrow. All three died at the scene.
Wylie’s 17-year-old husband, Justin, was flown to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa in critical condition.
The Wylies were former Catoosa High School students who married over the Christmas break, Principal Connie Cypert said. They both withdrew from school last semester.
Fields also was a former Catoosa High School student. He was a junior when he withdrew from school in November.
Everyone involved except Fields was wearing a seat belt, troopers reported.
The crash happened less than an hour after the collision that killed Joplin, Mo. residents Robert Hayes, 52; his 41-year-old wife, Melissa Hayes; their 15-year-old son, Tyler, and Colby Hayes, 14.
Troopers said a tractor-trailer rig rear-ended a car that was stopped at a traffic light, and both vehicles burned.
James Buchholz, 53, of Mesa, Ariz., driver of the semi, was admitted to Mayes County Medical Center with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening, Pryor Police Sgt. Brent Crittenden said.
“We just don’t know if he didn’t see them or what,” Crittenden said.
The Ford, driven by Melissa Hayes, and the truck were both southbound on U.S. 69 when the crash occurred.