A two-car accident about four miles south of Stilwell on U.S. Highway 59 in Adair County left three people dead and five others injured Sunday afternoon, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) reported.
Calvin Vaughn, 18, of Sallisaw was traveling north on U.S. Highway 59 in a 1999 four-door Dodge Stratus at 12:15 p.m. when the accident occurred. The OHP reported that Vaughn attempted to pass several cars in a no-passing zone and collided head-on with a 1994 four-door Oldsmobile driven by Jimmy Dale Jordan, 43, of Stilwell.
Vaughn and his passenger, Brittaney Varnell, 16, of Sallisaw died at the scene from massive injuries. Varnell was pinned in the vehicle before being extricated by Stilwell Fire and Rescue, the OHP reported.
Jordan and a passenger, Rocky Jordan, 28, were pinned in the Oldsmobile for about 45 minutes before being freed by Stilwell Fire and Rescue. Jimmy Dale Jordan was transported to Tahlequah City Hospital before he was flown to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa where he was admitted in critical condition with head, internal trunk, and leg injuries. Rocky Jordan, also of Stilwell, was transported to Stilwell Hospital where he died from massive injuries.
Four other passengers in the Oldsmobile, all of Stilwell, were also injured in the accident. Natalie Jordan, 28, Janessa Jordan, 9, and Brianna Jordan, 7, were transported to Stilwell Hospital where they were then lifeflighted to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa. Natalie Jordan was admitted in serious condition with head and internal trunk injuries; Janessa Jordan was admitted in serious condition with internal trunk injuries; and Brianna Jordan was admitted in stable condition with head and leg injuries. Rocky Jordan Jr., 11, was transported to Stilwell Hospital where he was admitted in stable condition with head injuries.
The OHP reported that it is not known whether seatbelts were in use in Vaughn's vehicle, and no one was wearing their seatbelt in the second vehicle.
OHP Trooper Tommy Mullins was assisted in the investigation by OHP Troopers Clinton Jenks and Steve Meridith, the Stilwell Fire Department, Stilwell Emergency Medical Service (EMS), and Tahlequah City EMS.