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Six thrown from vehicle after driver fell asleep

July 19, 2012

After the driver of a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer fell asleep at the wheel, six were thrown from the vehicle after it rolled once and came to rest on it’s wheels.

The driver, Jelena Cureington, a 33 year-old, white female from Tulsa, departed the roadway to the left into the median, over corrected causing the vehicle to depart the roadway to the right where the vehicle rolled once and came to rest on it’s wheels. With the exception of the driver and two passengers, all of the others were ejected from the vehicle in various directions and distances.

The accident took place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2012 on the Indian Nation Turnpike in Pushmataha County at mile marker 23.3. There were a total of 9 individuals in the vehicle at the time of collision.

Cureington was transported by ambulance to the Pushmataha County Hospital by Antlers Fire and Ambulance where she was treated and released with minor injuries.

Passengers Elizabeth Daniels, 35 year-old white female from Tulsa; Emma Cohran, a 27 year-old female from Florence, MS.; and Dalton Lacore, 17 year-old white male from Florence, MS.; were also transported to Pushmataha County Hospital where she was treated and released with minor injuries.

Other passenger injuries that involve minors include: A 10 year old girl who was transported by AirEvac to Children’s Hospital in Dallas and was listed in critical condition with head and trunk internal injuries; a 7 year old boy who was transported by Eagle Med Air to Childrens Hospital in Dallas and was listed in critical condition with head and trunk internal injuries; a 6 year old boy who was transported by Air Evac to Childrens Hospital in Dallas and was listed in critical condition with head and trunk internal injuries; a 9 year old boy who was transported by Antlers EMS to Pushmataha Hospital and then transferred to McAlester Regional by ambulance who was listed in stable condition with leg injuries; and a 2 year old boy who was transported to Pushmataha Hospital but was not injured.

Seat belts were equipped and in use for all occupants except for two who were riding in the cargo area of the vehicle. Two seat belts were not being used properly as one seat belt restraining two individuals together. A child restraint system was in use for the 2 year old. The airbag was equipped but did not deploy.

This collision report was investigated by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Steve Nabors, #586, assisted by Lieutenant Paul Davis, #112 of Troop XC, Sheriff Jimmy Duncan of the Pushmataha County Sheriff’s Department, Antlers Fire and Rescue and EMS, and Supervisor Tommy Burkey of Turnpike maintenance.

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