The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the accident occurred around 7:00 a.m. Monday morning outside of Perkins when an eastbound Dodge van stuck a car, carrying two teachers for a local middle school, head-on.
Police say the driver of the Dodge van drifted in the opposite lane, as Jennifer Briggs, 24, and Heather Wilson, 27, approached in a Ford Focus. The women tried to avoid colliding with the van, but they were unable to and the van and car collided, KOCO reported.
The force of the crash was so great that Briggs and Wilson were trapped inside. Emergency rushed to free the two women but they were trapped in their cars for a few hours, KOCO reported. Both women suffered several injuries and were pronounced dead on the scene.
Briggs and Wilson both lived in Stillwater and car pooled to together to Guthrie Junior High School where they both taught.
The van driver, Rocky Baca, 37, from Choctaw, told police after the accident that he fell asleep at the wheel and that is why he was traveling in the wrong direction.
Police conducted blood tests on Baca to determine if he was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Their investigation is ongoing.
Past studies have shown that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving, causing nearly 100, 000 traffic accidents each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Sleep deprivation affects a person’s ability to react in an emergency situation, affects their ability to make […]