Five local high school students sustained injuries last Friday in a noontime traffic accident on East Main Street, said Pawhuska police.
Three of the injured were transported to Tulsa for treatment at Saint Francis Hospital, police said. A Life Fight helicopter was called in to assist with the emergency, witnesses said.
The three males were occupants of a pickup truck that flipped over after colliding with a car, according to police. A passenger in the truck, Daniel Nightengale, was ejected from the vehicle as a result of the accident, police added. The Pawhuska High School freshman suffered an apparent pelvic injury, witnesses said.
Initial reports indicated that a car driven by Brittany Wilson, 16, was attempting to make a turn onto Main and pulled into the path of the truck, which was driven by John Arnce.
The mishap occurred a few hundred yards west of the State Highway 99 junction on the portion of U.S. Highway 60 that is municipally-designated as Main Street. Following the crash, the pickup rolled over and came to rest on its driver side in the middle of the roadway, reports indicate.
Police said the car’s driver told them she yielded for another vehicle that had turned off of Main. Apparently, the driver did not see the truck, which was traveling behind the vehicle that turned. Wilson and a passenger in her car, Bailey Thompson, apparently sustained no serious injuries, officers said.
On Monday, a Saint Francis spokeswoman said all three students had been released from the hospital following treatment for their injuries. The third person injured in the truck was identified as Logan Trammel.
Police cited driver inexperience as a contributing factor in the mishap.