Local & Regional
Mon June 29, 2009
Continuing Coverage: Families Dealing With Crash
By Associated Press
Miami, OK – Families struggle to cope with deaths of loved ones in devastating crash
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Two families are struggling to cope with the deaths of their loved ones in a devastating chain-reaction collision in northeast Oklahoma.
The death toll from Friday's crash climbed to 10 yesterday after Frisco, Texas, resident Shelby Hayes died at a Joplin, Mo., hospital.
Hayes; her husband, Randall; their 7-year-old son, Ethan, and her mother, Cynthia Olson, were headed to a funeral in Sarcoxie, Mo., when the crash occurred. The others were pronounced dead at the scene.
Randall Hayes' mother, Wanda, says she was with Shelby Hayes when she died yesterday morning. Wanda Hayes says she's working to get her son and grandson back to Garland, Texas, so funeral arrangements can be made.
In Oklahoma City, Ronnie Hooks and his brothers are trying to do the same.
Hooks says his father, Oral; mother Earlene, and brothers Antonio and Dione were killed on their way to see him in St. Louis.
Ronnie Hooks says he was supposed to be ordained yesterday as an elder in the Church of God and Christ.