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Fatal Ambulance Crash in Oklahoma

Two Dead, Four Injured

A MUSKOGEE COUNTY (Oklahoma) EMS AMBULANCE was involved in a head-on collision Tuesday afternoon on a rural highway.

Muskogee Phoenix

The ambulance was carrying one patient on a non-emergency transport at about 3 pm Central time when an automobile traveling the opposite direction drifted over the center line and smashed into the ambulance.  Of the three people in the car, a 32-yr.-old woman and a 6-yr.-old child were both killed.  A third passenger was flown to the hospital.

The Muskogee Phoenix describes the accident:

Three were transported by helicopter to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa — Amanda Coffey, 32 of Muskogee; Karen Swimmer, 37 of Gore; and Elsie Mullen, 68 of Gore. A fourth, EMS paramedic Chance Bates, 34 of Tahlequah, was taken by ambulance to Tahlequah City Hospital.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Ron Watson said the ambulance, driven by Swimmer, was going north on Oklahoma 10 about 3 p.m. Tuesday, and the Corsica, driven by Cash, was going south and had apparently gone left of center. Collins and Coffey were passengers in the Corsica. The ambulance had been approaching a curve to the northwest. Bates and Mullen were passengers in the ambulance.

The Corsica, according to Watson, spun and smashed into a guardrail. Cash and Collins were pinned for 1 hour and 45 minutes before being freed by the Muskogee Fire Department, according to the OHP.

Read the full article HERE.


KOTV Ch. 6 Tulsa captured some aerial video as the wreckage was getting cleaned up:


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