Local & Regional
Sun June 28, 2009
CONTINUING COVERAGE: Another Victim Dies in Crash
By John Durkee
Miami, OK – 10th person dies from crash injuries
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A horrific chain-reaction accident on Interstate 44 in far northeast Oklahoma has claimed a 10th victim.
Tina Freeman of Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo., confirmed on Sunday that Shelby Hayes had died.
The 35-year-old Frisco, Texas, resident was admitted to the hospital in critical condition with head, internal and external injuries stemming from Friday's crash near Miami.
A tractor-trailer headed east on the highway slammed into cars that had stopped on the highway because of a previous accident, trapping some victims in wreckage for up to nine hours.
Oklahoma City residents Oral Hooks, 69; Earlene Hooks, 63; Antonio Hooks, 42; Dione Hooks, 41; Phoenix, Ariz., residents Ricardo Reyes, 39, and Ernestina Reyes; Frisco, Texas, residents Randall Hayes, 38, and Ethan Hayes, 7, and Cynthia Olson, 55, of Crossroads, Texas, were pronounced dead on Friday.
A hospital spokeswoman in Missouri says the condition of 12-year-old Andrea Reyes has been upgraded from critical to serious.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a routine criminal investigation is under way.