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At approximately 7:59 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, a collision occurred one mile south of Antlers on HWY 271 in Pushmataha County involving a semi and a pickup which left an Antlers High School student in critical condition.
The 1986 Peterbilt Semi, with trailer, and the 1999 Chevrolet Pickup were both heading north on HWY 271 when the Semi slowed to make a right turn. The pickup continued northbound and rear-ended the Semi. The driver of the pickup was pinned for approximately 15 minutes until being freed by Antlers Fire & Rescue.
The 1999 Chevrolet Pickup was being driven by Michael L. Lampton, a 17 year old, white male from Hugo who attends Antlers High School. Lampton was airlifted from the scene to the Children's Hospital in Dallas, TX., with head, trunk (external and internal) and leg injuries. Lampton was listed in critical condition.
The driver of the Semi, Sam D. Morris, a 66 year old white male of Millerton, had possible chest injuries but declined treatment at the scene. Morris had his seat belt equipped at the time of the collision.
The cause of the accident is believed to be inattentive driving on the part of Lampton, but is still under investigation. Lampton was not wearing a seat belt at the time but his airbag did deploy.
This collision was investigated by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Darrell Wofford, #740 of the Choctaw-Pushmataha County Detachment. He was assisted by Trooper C.L. Parkins S-685, the Pushmataha County Sheriffâ€™s Department, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Antlers Fire & Rescue.