Two injured in three-vehicle crash


Two people were injured in a three-vehicle collision in Beaver County Thursday morning. The wreck occurred at 11:27 a.m. just south of the US-83 and US-64 junction on US-83. The location is 4.7 miles north of Turpin.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol report, Rodrigo Romero Ornelas, 40, of Levelland, Texas, was driving a 2003 Dodge pickup southbound on US-83. He crossed the center line and struck a 2016 Peterbilt with trailer driven by Robert Alexander Dea II, 30, of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Ornelas’ pickup struck the Dea semi several times, went into a roll and rolled one and one-half times.

Continuing to roll south in the northbound lane, Ornelas’ pickup struck a 1999 Chrysler van driven by Tammie Darlene Lowe, 56, of Abingdon, Virginia, head-on. The Ornelas pickup came to rest on top of Lowe’s van in the east ditch. The semi came to a controlled stop north of the collision.

Both Ornelas and Lowe were transported by Beaver County EMS to Southwest Medical Hospital in Liberal, Kansas. Lowe was admitted in stable condition for leg and arm injuries. Ornelas was later transported to Northwest Medical Hospital in Amarillo, Texas, where he was admitted in stable condition with leg and arm injuries.

According to the OHP report, the cause of the collision was inattentive driving due to Ornelas being sleepy.

The collision was investigated by Trooper Cody Creswell, assisted by Trooper David Welch, Beaver County Sheriff’s Office, Beaver County EMS and the Turpin Fire Department.


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