A Tahlequah woman has been identified as the driver of a 2003 Oldsmobile involved in a single-vehicle crash Monday between Fort Gibson and Tahlequah.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Sherry E. Parks, 57, was driving the car. Parks’ name had been withheld pending notification of her next of kin.

She was listed in critical condition Monday in St. John’s Hospital after the crash.

Parks was eastbound on U.S. Highway 62 near the Five-Mile Road intersection when she took evasive action to avoid traffic that had been stopped because a dog was in the roadway. Parks overcorrected and ran off the south side of the road, hitting a tree.

She was pinned approximately 15 minutes before being freed by Fort Gibson firefighters.

The report lists her condition as apparently normal, and the cause of the crash as the animal in the roadway.

Parks was wearing her seat belt.


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