A head-on, two-vehicle fatality accident happened Friday morning on Oklahoma State Highway 112 east of Goodwin Road that claimed the lives of five individuals.
According to the report filed by Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) Troop D Trooper Wes Odom, a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Charles L. Drushal of Fort Smith was going north on Highway 112 when at approximately 11:17 a.m. Friday the vehicle went left of center, striking a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse driven by a 15-year-old male from Greenwood, Ark., who was going southbound on Highway 112.
All three individuals — Drushal, 76, Jill Drushal, 53, and a 15-year-old female — in Drushal’s Jeep Grand Cherokee were pronounced deceased at the scene.
Both individuals in the Chevrolet Traverse also were pronounced deceased at the scene — the 15-year-old driver and Aaron Gamble, 42, of Greenwood, Ark.
Both individuals in the Chevrolet Traverse were wearing seat belts as was both Drushals in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, according to Odom’s report. However, Odom’s report stated it was uncertain if the 15-year-old female in Drushal’s vehicle was wearing her seat belt.
Odom’s report said both vehicles’ airbags deployed.
Traffic was backed up for several miles on southbound Highway 112, but LeFlore County Emergency Management Director Dennis Yochum was diverting traffic northward up Goodwin Road to get them around the accident scene.
Odom was assisted at the scene by Troop D Commander Jack Choate, LeFlore County Emergency Management, LeFlore County Sheriff’s Department, LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the Poteau Police Department, both Poteau and Hogeye fire departments, OHP troopers Matt Dyer, Kyle Ward, Steve Moreland and Tody Perez, and OHP Troop D Lt. Ron Shatsar.