A three vehicle collision involving a van full of juveniles left two individuals in critical condition Friday.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, 23-year-old William Owens, of Ada, was traveling southbound in a 1998 Jeep Cherokee on US 77, 1.8 miles south of Davis in Murray County when Owens veered left of the center and struck a 2015 Toyota Tundra heading northbound head on. A 2018 Chevrolet Express carrying 15 juveniles subsequently struck the Jeep.
A passenger in the Toyota Tundra, 44-year-old Jesus Mendoza of Davis, was admitted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City in critical condition with head and trunk internal injuries, the OHP reported. One juvenile passenger and driver Erika Milsaps, 44, of Davis were treated and released, a second juvenile passenger refused treatment.
Owens was reportedly pinned for 30 minutes. After being freed by the Davis Fire Department, Owens was admitted to OU Medical Center in critical condition with head, trunk, internal and leg injuries, according to OHP.
There were reportedly no injuries to the 15 juveniles in the Chevrolet Express, nor to the driver, 42-year-old Sara Waters of Davis.
Seatbelts were in use in all vehicles except the Toyota Tundra, the OHP reported. Owens’ condition during the collision is under investigation, however, the other two drivers were apparently normal.
Clouds were present during the time of the collision, but the roadways were reportedly dry. The cause for the collision is still under investigation.