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10 Injured in Oklahoma Department of Corrections Van Accident

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

10 people, including seven inmates, were hospitalized Tuesday morning after an Oklahoma Deparment of Corrections van was struck by an 18-wheeler in Atoka County.

About the Atoka County Accident

According to KTEN News, a Department of Corrections van was traveling along Highway 7, transporting prisoners when the van broke down.

A second van was sent to pick up the prisoners when, according to authorities, the DOC van pulled into the path of an oncoming 18-wheeler.

In total, 10 people were taken to area hospitalized, including seven prisoners, two guards and the driver of the 18-wheeler. One prisoner and one guard were airlifted due to serious injuries.

Authorities are still investigating the incident.

Trucking Accident Statistics

  • According to a report issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last March, the occurrence of trucking accidents has been steadily increasing since 2009.
  • The agency recorded 3,341 fatal trucking accidents in 2011 which resulted in 3,757 deaths – up from 3,686 deaths in 2010 and 3,380 deaths in 2009.
  • In addition, another 88,000 people were injured in collisions involving large trucks, rising from 80,000 in 2010 and 74,000 in 2009.
  • It is estimated that such accidents cost the U.S. $87 billion in 2012.


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