Fatal accident at Healdton/Wilson "Y"

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

CARTER COUNTY, OK - A Ringling man was killed and his wife badly hurt in a crash Friday afternoon. Troopers say Bobby Hammons, 72, did not yield and pulled onto the highway, where another car hit him.

This is not the first fatal accident at this intersection and residents say they are scared it won't be the last.

The crash happened around 1:30 p.m., killing Hammons and ciritcially injuring his wife.

"About 15 to 20 minutes after the accident, they shut the highway down and the helicopter airlifted the lady out of there," witness Kim Murray said.

A nearby store caught the accident on surveillance video. A truck coming from the right down Highway 70 T-bones Hammons' car in the intersection, sending the car across the median, crashing through a fence in the ditch.

After 15 years here, store owner Bob Singh says he may have seen 100 wrecks. "People miss a stop sign always, traffic is coming really fast, they hit each other. I see too many lives gone," Singh said.

Two years ago, we told you about a woman who was coming down the highway when a car pulled out in front of her.

"I was traveling about 60 miles per hour and of course that impact it broke my leg," Ami Edwards said.

"We have worked several crashes at this particular intersection due to people not yielding to oncoming traffic, failure to stop for stop signs, not slowing down for the intersection," said Trooper Jody Cornelison.

One woman who used to work on the corner said she saw so many accidents there that she decided to start a petition for a stoplight.

"I thought, well if we got enough people in town to say we're going to do something about it then we will," Healdton resident Lisa Rose said.

Rose said she collected over 1,000 signatures from people coming into the store, and talked to someone at ODOT, but to no avail.

"Healdton said it wasn't their responsibility, Wilson said it wasn't their responsibility, because this is the county," said Michelle Whatley, who helped collect signatures.

A truck driver who lives nearby says drivers need to be careful, and a stoplight would make it harder for trucks coming through.

"When you have a speed limit of 60 miles an hour and a yellow light comes on, a car can stop easily, but it takes a lot longer to stop a truck," resident Buddy Withers said.

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