2 flown to Dallas hospitals after Colbert wreck

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

COLBERT, OK-- A three vehicle accident shut down portions of highway 69/75 Friday, afternoon. Two victims were flown from the scene.

19-year-old Megan Johnston, along with Ruth Avants and her husband Edgar say they thought they would never see another day.

"I thought we were all going to die. I really did," Johnston, said.

" I just thought I was going to die that's what I thought. I thought that that was it," Avants, said.

Both Johnston and Avants say they were headed south on Highway 69-75 near the Platter exit when a white pick-up truck, going north, lost control, flipped over the median and rolled straight towards them.

"All of a sudden they started flipping into the other lane and I was on the left lane and it clipped me went over my vehicle and I hit another car," Johnston, said.

"She hit us and we both just started spinning up and down the highway we turned I don't know how many times," according to Avants.

When their cars came to a stop, Johnston and Avants say they rushed to help the victims trapped in the pickup truck.

"I ran straight to the truck and they were bleeding and she was screaming I'm going to die and I didn't know what to do, but good thing there was other people there to get her out," Johnston, said.

Officials say the woman inside the pickup had to have her arm amputated and the man inside suffered lacerations to his arm.

Both were taken by helicopter to Dallas area hospitals.

Wayne Vanscoy with Colbert Police says they're still trying to figure out what exactly caused the pickup's driver to lose control.

"Probably one of the most intense accidents I've investigated in awhile," Vanscoy, said.

Avants says she knows things could've been much worse, and she's thankful to be alive.

"When you leave the house I don't care how safe you're driving you can always be involved in a bad accident. No matter what," Avants, said.

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