A trio of weekend accidents in Carter, Love and Murray counties resulted in injuries requiring hospitalizations for area residents.
The Oklahoma High Patrol reports a two-vehicle crash happened about 7:15 p.m. Friday on State Highway 76, 4 miles north of Healdton. Gregory Nordhem, 48, Davis, was behind the wheel of a 2016 Dodge pickup. He attempted to pull onto the highway from a county road. The patrol said Nordhem, “failed to yield” to a southbound semi, driven by Christopher Godwin, 47, Ardmore.
Nordhem was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital-Ardmore. He was later air lifted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City where he was admitted in serious condition with a head injury.
Two children, identified as a 2-year-old girl, Davis, and a 4-year-old boy, Davis, who were passengers in Nordhem’s truck, were also taken to the Ardmore medical facility. They were treated and released.
Godwin was not injured.
The investigation determined seatbelts were in use in both vehicles at the time of the crash.
Just 15 minutes after the State Highway 76 collision occurred, OHP troopers responded to a single vehicle crash on Loves Valley Road, 4 miles south of Marietta, in Love County.
The investigation showed a 17-year-old male, from Overbrook, was driving a 2003 Ford pickup southbound on the county road and lost control when the road “transitioned from asphalt to gravel.” The truck ran off the road and overturned 1 1/2 times. The driver was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital-Ardmore, where he was treated and later released.
A passenger, identified as a 15-year-old female, from Marietta, was not buckled up. She was ejected during the roll-over crash. She was air lifted from the scene to Plano Medical Center, Plano, Texas, where she was admitted in serious condition with internal injuries.
Tristan L. Pearson, 19, Burneyville, was also a passenger in the truck. He was taken by ambulance to the Ardmore hospital, where he was treated and released.
The Patrol said both the driver and Pearson were wearing seatbelts. Cause of the accident was determined to be the result of unsafe speed.
About 12:37 a.m. Saturday, area troopers investigated their third weekend collision, on State Highway 7, 1.5 miles west of Sulphur in Murray County.
The patrol reports Charles Houston Furr,  Wynnewood, was driving a 1999 GMC pickup westbound. For an unknown reason the truck crossed over to the eastbound lanes. Furr attempted to correct the error.
However, the pickup entered the center median and overturned an undetermined number of times. Furr was ejected an unknown distance as a result of the crash. He was taken by ambulance to Arbuckle Memorial Hospital and later airlifted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. The 40-year-old man was admitted to the metro hospital in serious condition with multiple injuries.
Furr was not wearing a seatbelt at the time.
The cause of the crash was listed as driving under the influence.