Teen Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on SH 76 in Garvin County, OK
Garvin County, OK — October 9, 2022, a 17-year-old died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on State Highway 76 near Lindsay in Garvin County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:00 p.m. along OK-76, roughly a mile south of Lindsay. Preliminary investigation suggests the teen was driving north on the highway when he started to turn left onto a county road. While turning his vehicle crashed head-on with a southbound Peterbilt 18-wheeler.
The teen was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Investigators say he was wearing a seat belt during the crash. The truck's driver and passenger were both transported to an Oklahoma City hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Garvin County Truck Accident on SH 76
If reports have their facts straight some may consider this accident just a tragic byproduct of an ill-timed turn. Maybe that's really all that happened, but as always I'm adamant that no conclusions can be reached until a careful and thorough investigation is completed. The victim and his loved ones deserve no less than the whole truth, which means looking more closely than police might.
That's not meant to insult law enforcement, but they're often up against difficulties the public might not realize. Between competing priorities and limited resources, sometimes they miss critical details as the assemble their reports. That can obviously be a big problem for anyone trying to get answers or help after an accident like this one, and it's one of the reasons independent investigations are such a vital tool for ensuring the truth of a crash is found.