A Davis woman was critically injured Friday night when the pickup she was driving the wrong direction on Interstate 35 near Ardmore crashed into a semi, which caused the truck to hit another vehicle.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the accident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. near the 33 mile marker (near state Highway 142).
Peyton Karlik, 19, was pinned in the wreckage of her 2003 Chevrolet pickup for about 25 minutes. She was freed by Ardmore firefighters and was airlifted to Plano Medical Center, in Plano, Texas. She was admitted to the medical facility with multiple injuries.
Although Karlik was alone in the pickup at the time of the crash, Ardmore Police Department reports indicate Brandon Salter, 20, Davis, was arrested at the scene. Salter, who was identified as Karlik's boyfriend, was booked into the Carter County Detention Center pending a charge of assault on EMS personnel. He remained jailed Saturday pending formal charges.
OHP reports indicate the roadway was closed for more than three hours as crews worked to clear the wreckage.
Karlik was driving southbound on the inside northbound lane of I-35 when she crashed into the cab of a 2001 International truck, driven by Robert Ardery, Byers. Ardery was not injured. The 48-year-old truck driver told investigators he had attempted to avoid Karlik's pickup by swerving into the outside lane. The evasive action caused the truck to crash into a 2012 Ford pickup, driven by Billy Alsobrook, 78, Duncan.
Alsobrook and his passenger, identified as 81-year-old Ola Alsobrook, Duncan, also escaped the crash uninjured.
Seatbelts were in use in the semi and Alsobrook's Ford pickup.