A Hitchita woman died Friday after the vehicle she was driving collided with a trailer that had broken loose from a pickup, according the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Martha E. Jones, 60, died of massive injuries at the scene of the accident, approximately seven miles west of Checotah on U.S. 266 in McIntosh County. She was pinned for an hour and a half before she could be freed by the Checotah Fire Department and Garrett’s Wrecker of Checotah, the OHP states.
According to the trooper’s report, the accident happened about 5 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 266 and Oklahoma 72. James Casey Hamm, 31, of Checotah was driving a 2001 Chevrolet pickup southbound, pulling a 22-foot flatbed utility trailer. Jones was driving a 1998 Nissan pickup northbound, and Aletha June Nickle, 70, of Okmulgee also was driving northbound on U.S. 266 in a 1998 Chevrolet pickup when the trailer Hamm was pulling came off the hitch ball and went out of control. The trailer went left of center and collided with the pickups Nickle and Jones were driving.
Nickle refused treatment at the scene for a shoulder injury. Neither Nickle’s passenger, her husband, Audrey Oran Nickle, 76, nor Hamm, were injured. Jones was the only person involved who was not wearing a seat belt. No air bags deployed.
The trooper stated an unsafe vehicle and other defects were the cause of the collision.
Jones was taken to Hampton Mortuary in Checotah by Checotah EMS.