Oklahoma Police Say Drunk Driver Caused 3-Vehicle Wreck

Police in Oklahoma say that an accident involving three vehicles in the early hours of July 27 may have been caused by an intoxicated driver. Five people were hurt in the crash, and one of them was reported to be in critical condition. The car accident took place at about 12:30 a.m. in Tulsa.

According to a Tulsa police report, the collision occurred when a driver proceeding eastbound on East 71st Street strayed across the centerline and into the path of oncoming traffic between the Arkansas River Bridge and Elwood Avenue. After entering the westbound lanes, the wrong-way driver struck two oncoming vehicles before coming to a rest in the middle of the roadway.

Responding police officers closed East 71st as emergency personnel transported the five injured individuals to an area medical facility. The road remained closed for approximately four hours as rescue workers and maintenance crews attended to the injured and cleared damaged vehicles and debris from the roadway. Workers at the scene narrowly avoided injury when a car containing two women drove through a barricade that had been set up by police. The driver of that car was subsequently taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The accidents caused by wrong-way drivers may leave other road users with catastrophic injuries. This type of collision could be the result of a driver who is distracted, fatigued or impaired. A personal injury attorney may bring a lawsuit on behalf of accident victims when the driver at fault acted in a negligent manner. This type of litigation could seek compensation for medical expenses and property damage. Damages could also be sought for lost income if an accident victim is prevented from working while he or she is recovering from his or her injuries.

Source: News 9, "Woman Critical, Four Others Injured In South Tulsa Wreck", Dee Duran, July 27, 2014

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