OHP releases new information on deadly boulder accident in Garvin County

PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (KXII) - Oklahoma Highway Patrol released new information on Wednesday about a fatal crash last week that killed two sisters from Pauls Valley, including 911 calls.

Caller: "A boulder flew through a windshield from a truck coming this way and did some big damage."

911: "Is the truck still there?"

Caller: "No, the truck kept going."

The Traffic Homicide Unit of OHP released a video on Wednesday explaining where an investigation stands on an incident that killed two women around 5:30 p.m. on March 26.

911: "This is Garvin County dispatch, sir."

Caller: "Yes, ma'am. There is a boulder that just went through a windshield and hit this car and went through the windshield. I'm right off of Kimberlin road, heading eastbound. There's already somebody on the phone."

911: "Is anybody hurt?"

Caller: "Yes, ma'am. I think somebody has passed away."

A black semi-truck hauling large rocks was traveling northbound on US-77 near Kimberlin Road in Pauls Valley when a 40 to 50 pound rock fell from its trailer hitting a SUV travelling southbound, killing 89-year-old Wanda Oliver and 83-year-old Flora Perkins.

The driver of the SUV, 66-year-old Norma Caldwell, was not injured.

OHP reports the truck driver, 42-year-old Billy Melson of Pauls Valley, did not stop because he did not know a rock had fallen out of the trailer.

A trooper did identify the truck Melson was driving the next day from an emblem on the truck.

Dash cam video shows the trooper pulling over Melson after he ran a red light.

OHP said it is still investigating the incident.

It will give its final report to the Garvin County District Attorney for review and a decision on whether to file charges against Melson.



 
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