Five from Altus injured in accident near Willow


by Michael Bush - fbush@civitasmedia.com



Five people were injured in a one-vehicle accident north of Willow at 6:42 a.m. on Tuesday. According to reports, Gerardo Tapia Gonzalez, 22, of Altus, was driving a 2009 Dodge pickup on US Hwy 283, .4 miles west of the State Hwy 34 junction north of Willow in Greer County, when the accident occurred.

According to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Gonzalez was westbound on US Hwy 283 when he departed the road to the right, impacting a delinator. He continued westbound in broad-slide, re-entering the roadway, then departed the road to the left, rolling one time. The vehicle came to rest upright on it’s wheels.

Cause of the accident was said to be inattentiveness.

Gonzales was taken by Greer County EMS to Great Plains Hospital in Elk City where he was admitted in stable condition with head, arm, leg and trunk internal injuries.

There were four passengers in the vehicle. Gonzales and three of the passengers were ejected during the accident.

Omar Tapia-Aguirre, 23, of Altus, was injured but refused treatment at the scene.

A 15-year-old male, name withheld, of Altus, was Air-Evaced to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City where he was admitted in critical condition with head and internal injuries.

David Navarro, 19, of Altus, was also Air-Evaced to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City where he was admitted in critical condition with head and internal injuries.

Jesus Martinez, 19, of Altus, was taken by Sayre EMS to Mangum Hospital where he was later Air-Evaced to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City where he was admitted in critical condition with head and internal injuries.

No other vehicles were involved. Seat belts were equipped, but not in use.

The accident was investigated by Trooper Alex Wilson #265 of the Harmon County Detachment of Troop M, and was assisted by Trooper Chris Sherman #661 of the Jackson County Detachment of Troop M, Lt. Steve Pothorst of Troop M, Trooper Craig Dill #564 of Troop S, Greer County Sheriff Department, Greer County EMS, Sayre EMS, and Air-Evac.

by Michael Bush

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