Local & Regional
Sun June 28, 2009
Continuing Coverage: Turnpike Crash
By Associated Press
Maimi, OK – 9 killed in Okla. turnpike traffic wreck
MIAMI, Okla. (AP) the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has identified the victims of a chain-reaction crash that killed nine people on the Will Rogers Turnpike in far northeastern Oklahoma.
Troopers say an earlier crash had stopped eastbound traffic when a tractor-trailer slammed into at least three cars, which then crashed into more vehicles on Friday.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol identified the victims as Ricardo Reyes, 39, of Phoenix, Ariz.; his wife, Ernestina Reyes; Randall Hayes, 38, of Frisco, Texas; Ethan Hayes, 7, of Frisco, Texas; Cynthia Olson, 55, of Crossroads, Texas; and Oral Hooks, 69, Earlene Hooks, 63, Antonio Hooks, 42, and Dione Hooks, 41, all of Oklahoma City.
Investigators say they don't believe the truck driver, identified as Donald Creed, 76, of Willard, Mo., tried to stop before the crash.