Three children are in critical condition after a sport utility vehicle packed with nine people rolled after the driver fell asleep Saturday on the Indian Nation Turnpike in Pushmataha County.
Five individuals were ejected in the 11:05 a.m. crash that happened at mile marker 23 as the vehicle traveled northbound, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.
The highway patrol said the driver, Jelena Cureington, 33, of Tulsa, fell asleep before the sport utility vehicle left the road, rolling once.
Hayley Cohran, 10, Mason Cohran, 7, and Joshua Cohran, 6, all of Florence, were taken by helicopter to Children's Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. All three children are listed in critical condition with head and internal injuries, troopers said. A 9-year-old boy was also taken to the hospital but is listed in stable condition with leg injuries, and a 2-year-old boy was uninjured, the highway patrol said. The four injured children were sharing two seatbelts, the patrol said.
Cureington, a 27-year-old woman, a 35-year-old woman, and a 17-year-old boy were taken to the hospital, treated and released with minor injuries, the patrol said.