Monday night while trying to remove a dead dear from the roadway, that had been killed in an earlier accident, Marie Hilburn’s vehicle was struck from behind.
Hilburn, 39 year old female of Spencerville, had been traveling east on HWY 3 in Rattan when she stopped her vehicle in the road to remove the deer. Hilburn’s Ford pickup was hit from behind by a 2005 Mazda that was being driven by Janice Rose Headrick, a 60 year old female from McAlester.
Hilburn was not in her vehicle at the time of the accident and was not injured. Headrick was transported to Pushmataha Hospital, treated for arm and trunk internal injuries and released.
Headrick’s passenger, Beulah S. O’Neal, a 70 year old female from Ft. Towson, was also transported to Pushmataha Hospital where she passed away from neck and extensive internal injuries.
Both Headrick and O’Neal were wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision. Troopers report that the cause of the collision was improper parking on the roadway.
This collision was investigated by OHP Trooper Tommy Allen #E304 of the Pushmataha County Detachment, Assisted by Lt. Robert Darst #XC163, Trooper Jayce Johnson #XC363 both of the Troop XC/ Indian Nation Turnpike and by the Rattan Fire and Police Departments.