A 12-year-old girl is in critical condition after an accident near Elk City that involved a semi truck.
According to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, John Rains, 41, of Granite, was driving a 2001 Volvo semi south of Elk City when the accident occurred. The report states that Rains was slowing to make a right turn when Julie Kaye Luthy, 16, of Carter, was traveling behind him in a 2004 Chevy pickup and swerved to miss the truck.
The Luthy vehicle struck the semi’s trailer, left the road to the right striking the fence. A 12-year-old passenger was pinned for about 15 minutes, and then freed by the Elk City Fire Department.
The driver of the semi was uninjured. Luthy received minor injures and refused treatment. The passenger however received was taken to OU Medical Center by Air Evac with head, trunk internal, arm and leg injuries and was listed in critical condition.
Seat belts were equipped and in use in both vehicles and airbags deployed in the Lathy vehicle.
Cause of the accident was sited as following too close.
The accident was investigated by Trooper Brandon Bussey, and was assisted by Trooper Tanner Keasler, Trooper Cameron Gladd, Trooper Darrell Splawn, Trooper Chis Newcomb, Trooper Craig Dill, the Elk City Police Department, Beckham County Sheriff’s Department, and the Elk City Fire Department.