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10 Injured in Oklahoma Department of Corrections Van Accident

Destiny Baker3 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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