UPDATED WITH NAMES; Four injured in accident at Doolin and Union

March 1, 2023 | Featured|Headlines


NEWKIRK — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol have identified those involved in a two-vehicle accident that occurred today at 12:35 p.m. on Oklahoma 11 and Union Street, four miles north of Ponca City.

Troopers report that Margaret Jean Burgess, 37, of Ponca City, was the driver of a 2004 Kia Optima. She was airlifted by Air Med to St Francis Hospital in Tulsa where she is admitted in critical condition with head, arm, internal trunk, external trunk and leg injuries.

Her passengers are identified as Shaylena Harrison, 31, Red Rock. She was transported by Air Med to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan. and is listed in critical condition with hand and leg injuries.

A juvenile female age, 12 of Red Rock, was transported by Blackwell ambulance to Alliance Health in Ponca City where she was treated and released.

Dorcas Jeans, 52 of Red Rock, was transported by Newkirk ambulance to Ponca City and then transferred to Wesley Medical Center, where she is admitted in critical condition with head, internal trunk, external trunk and leg injuries.

Troopers report the driver of a 2006  Ford F250  was James Dale, 39, of Ponca City. His passengers are identified as Bruce Williams, 70, and Adolph Frost, 87, both of Ponca City. They were not injured.

Troopers report that the vehicle driven by Burgess was pulled off onto the shoulder of OK-11 and Union Road, when it attempted to re-enter the roadway, failing to yield to on coming traffic, and was struck by the pickup, that was pulling a trailer. Burgess and Jeans were trapped in the vehicle.

Troopers report that the cause of the accident is failure to yield on the part of Burgess and that her condition at the time of the accident is under investigation. Trooper also report that seatbelts were not in use in the Burgess vehicle.

Investigated by Trooper Coby Snyder No. 271 from the Kay County detachment of Troop K and was assisted by Kay County Sheriff’s Office.

NEWKIRK  — Four people are injured following a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 12:35 p.m. today at the intersection of Doolin (Oklahoma 11) and Union.

Newkirk Fire chief Adam Longcrier said that three Newkirk ambulances responded to the scene.

“We arrived to find an accident in which a vehicle was T-boned and pushed behind the guardrail west of the intersection onto an embankment,” said Longcrier. 

Longcrier said one of the vehicles involved was a pickup pulling a trailer and that the driver of the truck was not injured.

“The second vehicle had five occupants, two of which were trapped on the driver’s side.” Longcrier said first responders from Newkirk, Blackwell and Kildare worked to stabilize the car.

“We had to chain it to the guardrail since it was on an embankment. We also placed a chain around the back end of the horse trailer and with the help of Blackwell fire crews, we were able to pull the truck and trailer away from the car so that we could make access to the two who were trapped.” 

Longcrier said the driver’s leg was pinned by the car door. “It took at least 15 minutes to get her out.”

Crews worked 30 minutes to free the back seat passenger. “They were both placed in Newkirk ambulance and attended to by Blackwell and Newkirk medics,” said Longcrier.

Two medical choppers responded to the scene.

A chopper from Stillwater airlifted the driver of the vehicle to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where she is listed in critical condition with a broken femur, hip and jaw. Also, internal bleeding and a head injury.

The passenger who was trapped, was transported to Alliance Health in Ponca City by Newkirk ambulance with a broken ankle and fractured hip.

A third patient, who was in the front passenger seat, was airlifted by a medical chopper out of Cushing to St. Francis in Tulsa with abdominal bleeding, broken leg, head injury, and a severe laceration to the knee.

A fourth patient from the vehicle was transported by Blackwell ambulance to Alliance health with altered mental status caused by a head injury. The fifth occupant was treated on scene and was not transported.

Longcrier said crews were on scene for two hours.

A total of five ambulances responded, three from Newkirk and two from Blackwell. Longcrier said the Blackwell ambulances were there to also assist in covering any medical needs that could have occurred in Newkirk during that time.

Kay County deputies, Kaw Nation Emergency Management and Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers responded. More details will be released by troopers.