SOPER – Three teenagers were injured in a one-vehicle accident east of Soper early Monday morning.
No names have yet been released in this investigation.
A 17-year-old from Soper was driving a 2009 Ford pickup westbound on U.S. Highway 70 at approximately 12:30 a.m. About 1/2 mile west of County Road 4140, the vehicle departed the roadway to the left and struck a tree, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
The driver was transported to personal vehicle to Pushmataha County Hospital in Antlers, and treated and released.
A 16-year-old passenger from Caddo was pinned for approximately 20 minutes before being freed by Hugo Fire Department using the Hurst Tool. The Caddo teen was transported by Air Evac to Plano Medical Center in Plano, Texas, where the teen was admitted in serious condition with trunk internal and leg injuries.
Another passenger, a 17-year-old from Soper, was transported by personal vehicle to Pushmataha County Hospital in Antlers, and treated and released.
The cause of the accident was that the driver fell asleep, according to the OHP report, and seatbelts were not in use.
The OHP was assisted in the investigation by the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Department, Choctaw County EMS, and the Soper Fire Department.