Multiple individuals were critically injured in a Love County collision on Christmas Eve.
According to reports by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, there was a total of three adults and four juveniles involved in the collision, which occurred around 7:50 p.m. on U.S. Highway 77, seven miles north of Marietta.
Fred Potter III, 51, of Ardmore, was reportedly traveling southbound in a Chevrolet Silverado 3500 pickup with three juveniles, ages 16, 10 and 10, as passengers. According to OHP, another driver, 35-year-old Matthew Adams of Oklahoma City, allegedly failed to yield when pulling out into the roadway.
Potter allegedly attempted to avoid striking the other vehicle, however, he ended up hitting the driver’s side, causing both vehicles to overturn, coming to a rest on their sides.
Adams and a passenger in his vehicle, 35-year-old Lindsey Adams of Oklahoma City, were pinned for approximately 45 minutes before being freed by multiple Love County Fire Departments on scene.
Both individuals were transported to hospitals where they were admitted in critical condition and are being treated for head, trunk internal, arm and leg injuries, according to OHP.
A second passenger in Adams’ vehicle, a 12 year old from Oklahoma City, was reportedly ejected an unknown distance from the vehicle. The juvenile was also transported to a hospital, where she was admitted in stable condition with trunk internal and head injuries.
Potter was transported to Mercy Hospital in Ardmore where he was treated and released with an arm injury, according to OHP. The three juvenile passengers in Potter’s vehicle were not injured.
The exact cause of the collision is still under investigation and the roadways were reportedly clear and dry at the time of the collision.
In a social media post concerning the accident, Love County Fire Department asked that individuals remain aware and practice extra caution while traveling throughout the holidays.
“There will be many people traveling over the next week with the holidays and we ask that you take extra caution when driving. Let’s all get through this season safely together. Be safe and watch out for each other.”