Four McLoud residents were injured Friday morning when the pickup they were riding in was struck by a vehicle with a sleepy driver on Interstate 240 in Oklahoma City, with impact sending the pickup onto a barrier wall and rupturing the fuel tank, which caught fire.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol worked the accident scene about 8:07 a.m. on westbound I-240 at Santa Fe Avenue.
A 2002 Ford pickup driven by Ellis Bowden, 75, McLoud, was westbound in the center lane when the pickup was struck by a 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by an Oklahoma City man.
Following impact, Bowden swerved to the left, causing his pickup to hit the barrier wall and slide westbound on the barrier wall before the pickup struck a traffic sign and came to a stop, the patrol report.
The pickup’s fuel tank ruptured and caught fire, the OHP said. The other driver swerved to the right and lost control of his vehicle, which struck the outside barrier wall.
Bowden was taken by EMSA ambulance to OU Medical Center, where he was admitted in stable condition for treatment of head, neck and arm injuries, the OHP said.
His three passengers also were injured.
Patricia Bowden, 73, also went by ambulance to OU Medical Center, where she was admitted in critical condition with head, internal and external trunk injuries, as well as arm and leg injuries.
Elvin Brown, 48, McLoud, also went to OU Medical Center, where he was treated for unspecified injuries and released.
Karen Bowden, 50, McLoud, went by ambulance to OU Medical Center, where she was admitted in critical condition with head, internal and external, as well as arm and leg injuries, the report shows.
The driver of the Grand Marquis, Carlos White, 24, was not injured. The trooper cited cause of the accident as White following too closely, listing the condition of the driver as being sleepy.
The OHP reported seat belts were in use by occupants in both vehicles.