Chickasaw teacher killed in multiple vehicle accident

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LONE GROVE, Okla. (KXII)-- (UPDATED: 12/25/17 @ 5:10 p.m)

A local teacher was killed in a three vehicle accident Christmas Eve morning.
"Disbelief. I can't believe it," Co-worker Melissa West said. "I don't want to believe it."

52-year-old Gayle Baker was on her way home from shopping with two of her grand-kids Sunday morning, when she got into a wreck with two other vehicles near the Dollar General on Highway 70 in Lone Grove.

Firefighters say her two elementary school aged children were taken to an Oklahoma City Hospital. They say they're going to be okay, but Baker didn't survive.

"How? What were they doing? What caused it?" Co-worker Kendra Lanier said.

Lone Grove police couldn't be reached for details on the accident.

Baker worked at the Chickasaw Head Start school in Ardmore for 15 years, a place her coworkers say won't be the same.

"Three, four, five year old, how are they going to understand?" Lanier asked.

"When I get to work, I see her car first thing," West said. "And I've already been thinking, I'm dreading not seeing her vehicle there."

They say Baker was passionate about her work.

"She wanted to make a difference," West said. "She just loved the kids, and they had a special place in her heart."

And passionate about life.

"Very caring, she would do anything for anybody." Co-worker of 15 years Beth Harris said.

Baker leaves behind a husband of 23 years, two adult daughters who live in Oklahoma City and a son who is a senior at Lone Grove High School.

"She sheltered him, protected him coming up in the world, and she would tell us about that." West said.

Firefighters say the two other drivers involved were treated and released at the scene. Funeral arrangements for Baker have not yet been finalized.

"We're a big family. and we just have to be there for each other, and be there for the kids." West said.


A woman is dead after a three-vehicle accident in Lone Grove Sunday morning.

Lone Grove Fire Chief Stacey Phelps says it happened on U.S Highway 70 near the Dollar General in Lone Grove around 8 a.m.

In total, five people were involved in the accident. The woman killed had to be extricated from her car, while two of the other victims were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital, and the other two treated and released at the scene.

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