Woman dead, man critically injured in Pontotoc Co. storm

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

Okla. man critical after storm that killed wife

ADA, Okla. (AP) - A Pontotoc County man is in critical condition at an Oklahoma City hospital following a storm that overturned his mobile home and killed his wife.

A spokesman for the University of Oklahoma Medical Center says 54-year-old Rick Epperly was at the hospital Tuesday after being flown there Monday night.

Authorities say Epperly was injured and 51-year-old Michelle Epperly was killed when the storm with strong straight-line winds struck their trailer home near Ada.

The storm was part of a cluster of spring-like severe storms that rolled across the state Monday. No tornado warnings were issued, but some of the storms were accompanied by strong, straight-line winds that officials say produced isolated pockets of damage - including downed power poles that damaged several automobiles at an Edmond auto dealership.

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Here's our original story from Monday night...

PONTOTOC COUNTY, OK - Severe weather Monday night has caused at least one storm-related death in Pontotoc County.

According to Oklahoma City television station KWTV, it happened at a mobile home park in Happyland about five miles east of Ada.

A mobile home was blown over by high winds during Monday's storms. Officials say emergency crews responded just before 6 p.m. The mobile home is located near Highway 1 and County Road 3630.

Officials with the Ada Fire Department told KWTV that the Medical Examiner is on the scene, and there is one storm-related death. First News has also learned another person was injured.

The American Red Cross says their teams have been dispatched to Happyland to assist. They say if anyone affected by the storm needs their assistance to please call (405) 321-0591.


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