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July 13, 2009

Local woman killed in weekend accident

Four weekend accidents injure seven more

Four accidents over the weekend in the McAlester area have resulted in one death and a number of injuries.

Karen Robbins, 39, of Wilburton, died shortly after midnight this morning following a single vehicle accident on Saturday night, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Following the accident, Robbins was transported by medical helicopter to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, where she was listed in critical condition with head, arm, trunk and internal injuries, the highway patrol said.

The accident occurred around 8:40 p.m., 1.5 miles east of Gowen on U.S. Highway 270, the highway patrol said.

Robbins was eastbound in a 2003 Toyota pickup when the pickup ran off the right side of the highway, was overcorrected and went into a broadside roll, rolling one complete turn before striking a tree, the highway patrol said.

Robbins was ejected five feet from where the pickup came to rest, the highway patrol said. Seat belts were equipped but not in use, the patrol said. An air bag was equipped, but did not deploy, the highway patrol said.

In another accident, a Savanna woman was injured Saturday in a two-vehicle accident on the Krebs-to- Adamson county road.

Jessica Whorton, 21, was transported by ambulance to the McAlester Regional Health Center following the accident, the highway patrol said. She was listed in stable condition with a leg injury, according to the highway patrol.

The two-vehicle accident occurred at 11:37 a.m. on Saturday, 6.2 miles east of Krebs as Brent Hollis, 44, of Hartshorne, was eastbound in a 1999 Dodge pickup truck and Whorton was driving west in a 1995 Pontiac, according to the highway patrol.

Hollis was attempting to turn left in the pickup and struck the Pontiac driven by Whorton, the highway patrol said.

Whorton was pinned in the car for approximately 20 minutes before being freed by members of the McAlester Fire Department using a special tool, the patrol said.

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