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Semi-Truck Crash Leaves Driver in Critical Condition
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-- Oklahoma City Police say a truck driver is in critical condition after a semi-truck crashes in Northwest Oklahoma City. The accident happened near MacArthur Blvd. and Northwest 16th Street in Oklahoma City.
Rescue crews spent two and half hours prying the truck driver out of the semi-truck. Crews say the cab of the semi-truck landed driver's side down in a tree, which made it difficult to free the female victim.
"There was no room to work," said Battalion Chief Greg Lindsay, of the Oklahoma City Fire Dept., "and the patient was pinned in there pretty good."
Police say the truck driver was airlifted to OU Medical Center in critical condition.
Linda Kelly witnessed the accident. Kelly watched the truck swipe by her friend Deborah Vargas' SUV.
"You just can't believe it," said Kelly, "it's just unbelievable."
Vargas was waiting for Kelly outside her home on MacArthur, she saw the cab of the truck coming straight at her.
"I didn't think I'd ever see my family again," she said, almost in tears, "I thought I would be dead."
Vargas walked away from the accident without injuries. Kelly says the truck driver was trying to dodge a white car that pulled up unexpectedly, police say this caused the crash.
"They couldn't find the guy that was in the car for a while," said Kelly, "I don't know if he was in shock or just took off running"
Police arrested the driver was arrested for driving without a license or insurance, other charges are pending.
"If that person had respect for truck drivers," said Vargas, "he would not have pulled out in front of her"
Vargas says although she is shaken from the accident, she is thankful she can go home to her family.
"I'm alive that's the main thing," said Vargas, "and God was watching over me."
Posted: Sunday, October 28 2012, 09:23 PM CDT
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Okla. Legislature honors Moore schools educators
May 23, 2013 22:06 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Legislature is honoring two educators from a school district where a massive tornado destroyed one elementary school and heavily damaged another.
Robert Romines, incoming superintendent of Moore Public Schools, and Shelly McMillin, principal of Briarwood Elementary School, appeared before the Oklahoma House and Senate Thursday.
Their visit comes after a monstrous tornado ripped through Moore on Monday and destroyed the Plaza Towers Elementary School, killing seven third-graders. The same tornado heavily damaged Briarwood.
Romines says the area has witnessed a lot of devastation, but that it will rebuild. He asked lawmakers to pray for strength and wisdom and courage for the community.
Superintendent of Schools Janet Barresi says the Board of Education has agreed to suspend the remainder of Moore's school year and has waived some reporting requirements.
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