Vian woman killed in head-on collision

A 22-year-old Vian woman was killed in a head-on collision about 12:48 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 64 Highway two miles east of Vian.

Deana Everett, a passenger in one of the vehicles, was pronounced dead at the scene by Pafford EMS staff, according to a report filed by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Sheldon Dobbs.

Dobbs said in his report that Nina Cate, 19, of Sallisaw was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Impala westbound on U.S. 64 when the vehicle went left of center while passing another vehicle and struck a 2007 Chevrolet Impala head-on, driven by Richard Burleson, 22, of Vian.

The vehicle driven by Cate departed the left side of the highway coming to rest in a creek. Burleson's vehicle rotated one-half time coming to rest in the highway, Dobbs said in his report. Everett was a passenger in Burleson's vehicle and was pinned in the vehicle for an unknown amount of time.

Cate was transported to St. Johns Hospital in Tulsa by Lifeflight and admitted in stable condition with arm injuries. A passenger in her car, a 1-year-old juvenile male, was also transported to St. Johns Hospital in stable condition with leg injuries.

Other passengers in Burleson's vehicle include a 3-month old male, a 2-year-old male and a 3-year-old female, all of Vian, were treated and released, the report said.

Burleson was taken to Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith and admitted in stable condition with internal trunk injuries.

Dobbs said Burleson and Everett were not wearing seat belts and the three juveniles were in car seats. Seat belts were in use in the Cate vehicle.

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