A man from Arkansas died Monday after a 2-vehicle crash on an Oklahoma highway.
According to officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, 50 year-old John W. McCartha, of Lincoln, Arkansas, was a passenger in a 1996 Dodge Neon that struck the back of a 2006 GMC box truck that had stopped on the side of the roadway. Emergency response crews said McCartha was pinned in the wreckage for fifteen minutes after the crash.
Troopers said the driver of the Neon, 75 year-old Ethel Teeter, was traveling south on U.S. 59 in Adair County when she struck the GMC which had stopped to navigate a turn onto a county road, shortly after 4:00 p.m. Teeter was transported to a hospital in Siloam Spring, and another passenger, 44 year-old Bruce McCartha, was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. The crash was a shock to drivers, and driver error could have been to blame for the highway collision.
The truck driver, 33 year-old James A. Lemmons, was not injured in the accident, according to OHP reports.