HARTSHORNE — A 90-year-old Hartshorne woman has died after her vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 270.

The accident forced the closure of the highway for a little more than two hours, according to the highway patrol

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Mildred Hodges failed to yield from a stop sign about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday about one mile north of Hartshorne.

She was driving a 1998 Honda, troopers say.

Troopers say her vehicle was hit by a tractor-trailer driven by 48-year-old Gregory Bushong, of Cedarville, Ark.

The force of the collision caused Hodges’ vehicle to break into pieces and left her in the roadway.

Hodges died at the scene.

The driver of a second tractor-trailer, 29-year-old Timothy Johnson, of Wilburton, took evasive action and hit Bushong’s vehicle.

Neither tractor-trailer driver was injured.

Troopers said the roadway was dry and the weather clear. Seatbelts were in use by both tractor-trailer drivers.

Due to the extensive damage to Hodges’ Honda, troopers do not know if she was wearing a seatbelt of if an airbag deployed in her car.

The accident was investigated by Trooper Shawn Mass of the Pittsburg County Detachment. He was assisted by Trooper Jeremy Tolman, Trooper Steve Moreland and Trooper David Arnold.

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