OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A woman is dead after a truck accident Wednesday morning involving several other vehicles in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. The fatal multi vehicle accident happened on Interstate 35 near Shull Avenue in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The truck accident area is in the central section of the state, 205 miles north of Dallas, Texas and 161 miles south of Wichita, Kansas.
At around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning 22 year old Kenneth Ghurmley II of Van, TX was driving a International semi trailer truck loaded with flour, traveling north on Interstate 35 in Oklahoma City, OK. The 18 wheeler is reportedly owned by Whitetail Nurseries, based in Garland, TX.
As he drove through the area between exits 23 and 36 near Shull Avenue Mr. Ghurmley clipped the guardrail and then lost control of his 18 wheeler. He crashed through the guardrail and crossed over the median into the opposite lanes of traffic.
The semi trailer truck hit three vehicles in the southbound lanes of traffic, a Ford Ranger pick up truck driven by 53 year old Linda Riddle, of Wellston, OK, a car driven by 51 year old Glenda Piper of Edmond, OK, and a car driven by 63 year old Edward Woodward of Oklahoma City.
The semi truck came to a rest, rolled over on the pickup truck and the car driven by Ms. Piper. The second car hit the backend of the truck’s trailer and the driver was able to pull off to the side of the interstate. Oklahoma Highway Patrol and local emergency personnel responded to the site of the truck accident and gave aid to the victims.
Ms. Riddle, the driver of the pickup truck, suffered fatal injuries in the truck accident and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ms. Piper suffered multiple injuries to her head and body. She was treated and stabilized at the truck accident site and then transported to Oklahoma University Hospital. Authorities report that she was later released and is now recovering in her home. According to her husband she does not remember being in the collision. The driver of the second car, Mr. Woodward, was not injured in the truck accident.
The truck driver, Mr. Ghurmley, was stabilized at the truck accident site and then taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. He was treated and then released sometime on Wednesday.
Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol had to shut down sections of the interstate in the area surrounding the truck accident while crews worked to remove the accident wreckage from the roadway. They rerouted vehicles off I-35 and onto westbound Interstate 44. This caused serious delays during the morning rush hour and created back-ups for several miles.
Traffic lanes would reopen at about 11:30 a.m.
Officials investigating the truck accident said that everyone involved was wearing a seat belt. They have not determined what initially caused the truck driver to lose control of his semi trailer truck and hit the guardrail.
According to one report, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show that the trucking company that owned the semi trailer had several violations in 2009, including excessive weight, operating without a commercial license, and not keeping a log book.
The truck accident remains under investigation.
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