A fiery crash has claimed the lives of four people, including a toddler, along U.S. 177 in south Pottawatomie County. Cause of that accident remains under investigation.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s report, released Monday, shows the accident occurred about 10:22 a.m. Saturday on U.S. 177, about two miles north of SH 59, which would be near Sing Road.
The accident involved an RV and a pickup. When Macomb firefighters arrived at the crash site, the vehicles were engulfed in flames, said Macomb Fire Chief Richard Baker. Crews from three departments used water and foam to extinguish the blaze, he said.
The patrol reported the crash killed Kenneth Ransom Myers, 79, and Janelle Virgin Myers, 78, a Ft. Worth, Texas couple who had just left the Family Motor Coach Association RV rally in Shawnee. The accident also killed Laurie Ann Miller, 36, of Macomb, and Macie Grace Lomder, 2, of Macomb.
According to Trooper Josh Blue’s report, which shows the Ft. Worth couple as occupants of a 1994 Safari RV, the driver of the RV is pending further investigation. Both Kenneth Myers and Janelle Myers were pronounced dead at the scene from smoke inhalation, the patrol reported.
Miller was driving a 1978 Chevrolet pickup. The OHP reported she and her 2-year-old passenger died at the scene from internal injuries and head trauma.
Gordona Rowell, executive director of the Shawnee Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the Ft. Worth couple had been in Shawnee attending the FMCA rally at the Heart at the Oklahoma Exposition Center and left that morning, presumably heading home.
Rowell, who said she has spoken to the leadership of the FMCA rally, said they are all “grieving and devastated” about the accident and loss of their fellow RVers.
“The RV community is a family,” Rowell said, adding that FMCA officials also are praying for the family of those who were in the other vehicle.
The trooper’s narrative that usually lists what happened in a crash, as well as if seat belts were in use, are both listed as pending further investigation, although a child restraint system was listed as being in use.
It was rainy at the time of the accident. Trooper Blue was assisted at the scene by Trooper Justin Miller, Asher Police, sheriff’s deputies, Macomb, Asher and Tecumseh fire departments, REACT EMS and a state medical examiner.