Semi collides with car in Calera, sends 1 to hospital

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CALERA, Okla. (KXII) -- A semi crashed into a car in Calera Friday morning, sending one woman to the hospital.

Just yards separated the accident and a produce shop off northbound Highway 75 and Freda Circle.

"I heard the breaks of the semi and then a (claps hands). Sounded like a bomb," said Christy Rackley, who was in the back of the produce shop putting up plums when it happened.

Rackley said she then ran over to help the woman inside the car, who was unconscious.

"It was very scary. I was shaken up. I usually park my car right there, where it happened at so I'm glad it was over here on this side," said Rackley.

Calera Police Chief Don Hyde said the crash happened just after 11:30 when 77-year-old Joyce Anders tried to cross the highway.

"In doing so, she, not in time to avoid a collision between the two, and the semi impacted the car at the right rear, causing some significant damage to the car," said Hyde.

That also included a close call with a traffic sign.

"Stop sign comes down and just slices the top of her (car), just right behind where her head is," said Hyde.

Anders was taken to a local hospital. The semi driver, Dale Henderson, was unharmed.

Hyde said it was Henderson's attentiveness that possibly saved her life and others.

"I commended him just a few minutes ago on his driving," said Hyde. "The ability to maneuver that type of vehicle, the weight and the speed, was awesome."

One northbound lane of the highway was closed while crews cleared the scene. It was back open around 1 p.m.

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