Three injured on 69/75 in collision with car that was out of gas

Three people were injured early Saturday morning when their car struck another car that had run out of gas on U.S. Highway 69/75.

William Honea, 18, of Lago Vista, Texas, was driving a 2007 Ford southbound on Highway 69/75 when his vehicle ran out of gas on the shoulder about three miles north of Stringtown.

Brent Billy, 52, of Checotah, was driving a 2018 Dodge also southbound on 69/75, when his vehicle struck the Ford at about 12:25 a.m., according to a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

He was transported by Atoka EMS to McAlester Regional Health Center and admitted in stable condition with head injuries.

His wife, Lincie Billy, 50, of Checotah, a passenger in the car, was ejected from the vehicle approximately 12 feet. She was transported to McAlester Regional Health Center and admitted in stable condition with head, leg, and trunk internal injuries.

Another passenger, a 3-year-old grandson, of Durant, was also transported to McAlester Regional Health Center and admitted in stable condition with trunk-internal injuries.

Honea refused treatment at the scene.

The airbag deployed in the Dodge. Seatbelts were equipped and in use by the driver, but not the passenger, according to the report. A forward-facing child restraint was in use for the boy.

The OHP was assisted in the investigation by the Atoka Police Department, Stringtown Fire Department and Atoka EMS.

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