One dead in Madill after car crashes into semi

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MADILL, Okla. (KXII) - (UPDATED: 5/9/18 @ 9:30 p.m.)

The names of those involved in a fatal accident west of Madill Wednesday afternoon have been released.

"The damage to the car was unreal, just from my distance anyway." Neighbor Neil Duncan said.

Duncan was pulling out of his home to get groceries, when he saw the fleet of emergency personnel and wreckage on Highway 70.

"It was so terrific, the accident, it looked like it was mashed plum down to the pavement." Duncan said.

The crash happened before noon just west of Madill. Troopers say a car traveling west crossed the center line and struck a semi going the opposite direction.

"It was actually struck more along the lines of the dual tires area, on the driver' s side of the semi." Trooper Brad Dansby said.

The back seat passenger of the vehicle, 48-year-old Gwendolyn Rose of Kingston, was killed. Troopers say she wasn't wearing a seat belt.

Driver 50-year-old John Gladden of Albany, Oklahoma and passenger 45-year-old Amber Worchester of Kingston were both careflighted to a Plano hospital.

The driver of the semi, 64-year-old Kenneth De Reuwas of Illinois, was not hurt.

"[Semi trucks are] a lot, lot heavier than a car," Dansby said. "That's why there's always a lot of damage."

The highway wasn't shut down, but the Oklahoma Department of Transportation was on scene to help guide traffic around the wreckage until four in the afternoon.

"It's a sad situation and you think about your own family when you see something like that," Duncan said. "I've seen a lot if accidents, and you just hope it's not someone you know."

Troopers are still investigating why the car crossed the center line.


One person is dead after a crash Wednesday in Madill.

Troopers tell us it happened on US Highway 70.

A sedan head west went left of center and struck a semi head-on.

A passenger in that sedan was killed. The driver was taken to the hospital.

No word yet on status of truck driver.

We have a reporter on scene and will have more on News 12 at 5pm.

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