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Three die in crashes on Oklahoma roads Thursday and Friday

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports the death of a 94-year-old man who was in a crash early Friday in Wagoner County.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: July 18, 2014 at 6:41 pm •  Published: July 18, 2014

Three people died in crashes on Oklahoma roadways Thursday and Friday.

Paul Laughlin, 94

Laughlin, of Tulsa, died of injuries after a crash shortly before 3 a.m. Friday on the Muskogee Turnpike about 3 miles east of Broken Arrow.

He was driving west on the turnpike when he stopped in the right lane of traffic, troopers said. A car driven west by Carol Hinkley, 65, of Tulsa, struck Laughlin’s car from behind. Laughlin was thrown out of his vehicle.

Hinkley was taken to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa where she was treated for minor injuries and released.

Hinkley wore a seat belt, but Laughlin did not wear one.

Eric Haworth, 31, and Melissa Haworth, 30

Thomas Crain, 34, was driving north on State Highway 74 about 4:30 p.m. Thursday when his tractor-trailer collided with a pickup driven by Owen Bierig, 31, of Billings.

Bierig’s pickup then crossed the center line, striking the Haworths’ pickup head on. The Haworths, of Hennessey, were pronounced dead at the scene. Two girls, Kyler Haworth, 4, and Kenlya Haworth, 2, were taken by ambulance to OU Medical Center with head injuries. The girls later were transferred to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center in good condition.

Bierig was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City where he was admitted in good condition. Jeremy Smith, a passenger in Bierig’s truck, was taken by ambulance to OU Medical in Oklahoma City. Smith, 21, of Garber, was admitted in critical condition with head, arm, leg, internal and external injuries.

Crain was not injured in the crash. has disabled the comments for this article.


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