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June 12, 2013

Several injured in pair of crashes

TAHLEQUAH — Several people were injured Monday evening in a pair of unrelated crashes in Cherokee County.

The first, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, occurred at about 6:33 p.m. on State Highway 82, nearly seven miles north of Tahlequah. Troopers said Dakota Reed, 35, of Tahlequah, was driving south when the rear end of the 1992 Dodge Ram 250 locked up  and the truck lost its drive-line. Reed’s truck then left of center, struck a 2012 Chevy Equinox, and overturned one-and-a-half times.

Reed was flown by helicopter to St. Johns Hospital with head and trunk internal injuries, and was admitted in stable condition, the OHP said. Wyiesha Osburn, 22, of Tahlequah, was a passenger in Reed’s truck and was treated and released at a local hospital.

Sharon Cox, 45, of Locust Grove, was driving the Chevrolet Equinox and was taken to a local hospital, treated, and later released.

Troopers said Reed and Osburn were both pinned inside the truck for about 45 minutes before fire fighters were able to extract them.

Less than an hour later, troopers responded to Jarvis and Burchett roads for a crash. The OHP said Calvin Vann, 46, of Tahlequah, was riding a Hyper Bicycle south on a county road when Earnest Rush, 62, of Locust Grove, tried to pass Vann in his 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. As Rush was passing Vann, troopers said, Vann went left into the side of Rush’s vehicle.

Vann was transported by medical helicopter to St. Johns Hospital in Tulsa and admitted in critical condition.

Rush and a passenger in his vehicle, Betty Rush, 60, of Locust Grove, were not injured. Troopers list the cause of the crash as an improper bicyclist action.

Vann was not wearing a helmet, troopers said.

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