At 3:49 p.m. Sunday, four Duncan teenagers were involved in a single-car accident on State Highway 29, just west of Wrights Corner in Stephens County.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol report filed by Trooper Kevin Crawford of the Stephens County Detachment, the accident happened when the driver, Shayla Ausmus, 16, made a lefthand turn off of SH 29, and ended up in a pasture, where her 1998 Mitsubishi rolled over. Two of her three passengers were ejected when the rollover happened. In the vehicle with Ausmus was Stacee Morrison, 16, Sharon Willhite, 16, and Reina Tinney, 15. Both Willhite and Tinney were ejected from the vehicle, according to the accident report.
Tinney was transported by Velma EMS to Duncan Regional Hospital, then air evacuated to OU Presbyterian where she was admitted with head and internal trunk injuries. Willhite was transported to OU Presbyterian by AMR and admitted with head and internal trunk injuries.
Morrison was transported by Velma EMS and then transferred to OU Presbyterian by a private individual. She was admitted with head injuries.
Ausmus was taken by AMR and treated and released with head injuries.
All four were listed on the trooper’s report as in fair condition.
According to the OHP report, there was a distraction inside the vehicle, listed as cause of collision, but the driver’s condition was apparently normal. Seatbelts were not in use.
Crawford was assisted by Trooper Joe Lang, also of the SCD, and Stephens County Sheriff’s Department, Duncan Lake Patrol, Bray Volunteer Fire Department and Velma Volunteer Fire Department.
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“It sounded like somebody was going through with a mower and hitting a tin roof,” said Law, a teacher’s assistant. “… I had my eyes shut. All of us teachers were covering as many heads as we could.”
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