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TULSA, OK – A young woman was killed Sunday afternoon, November 7, when the pick-up she was riding in collided with a semi trailer truck on a highway in Tulsa County, Oklahoma. Two others, including a young girl, were injured in the deadly truck accident which occurred on Interstate 44 near the exit for 129th E Avenue in the city of Tulsa. The accident area is in the northeast corner of the state, about 108 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, OK and about 113 miles southwest of Joplin, Missouri.

On Sunday afternoon 37 year old Victoria Peters was traveling east on Interstate 44, driving a black Ford F-150 pickup truck. There were two passengers in the pickup, 37 year old Reta Moore and Moore’s 2 year old daughter, both from Tulsa. Ms. Moore was in the front passenger seat and the toddler was in the back seat of the pickup truck. All three were members of the First Baptist Church of Tulsa and other church members reported that the three were on their way to a church function in Inola at the time of the truck accident.


At the same time 34 year old truck driver William Meija of California was driving a semi trailer truck eastbound on the interstate, traveling an unknown distance ahead of the Ford pickup. There are no details regarding the truck’s cargo and destination, or the trucking company that owns the 18 wheeler. There was one passenger riding in the semi at the time of the truck accident. The identity of the passenger was not released.

The truck accident occurred shortly before 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon as traffic on the interstate began to slow down due to an ongoing road construction project. According to police, as the semi trailer approached the area on I-44 near the exit for 129 E Ave. the truck driver began to brake to reduce the speed of his 18 wheeler truck.

Ms. Peters, who by this time was directly behind the tractor trailer, was unable to slow down or maneuver to avoid a crash and slammed into the back trailer section of the semi. The Ford pickup continued forward, becoming wedged under the back, left corner of the tractor trailer and trapping the two women and the little girl inside their vehicle.

No other persons or vehicles were involved in the truck accident.

Tulsa police and rescue personnel rushed to the scene of the truck accident. Firefighters worked to extricate the three victims from the crushed Ford pickup. The driver, Ms. Peters, was pulled out and transported to St. Francis Hospital where she was treated and released sometime Sunday. The two year old girl also was taken to St Francis and treated for minor injuries before being released to her family.

It would take the rescue team almost two hours to free the adult passenger, Ms. Moore, from the crushed pickup truck. Unfortunately she was fatally injured in the truck accident and died at the crash site.

The semi driver, Mr. Meija, and his passenger were not injured in the truck accident.


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Oklahoma Highway Patrol cordoned off a section of I-44 surrounding the collision site, adding to the traffic delays. State highway crews worked to clear the traffic lanes and remove the destroyed Ford pickup truck from the highway. It is not known if the semi trailer truck was drivable or if it had to be towed away from the truck accident scene. The eastbound lanes of I-44 were reopened at around 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening.

Authorities investigating the deadly crash have not yet released their findings to the public however they did confirm that the three people in the Ford pickup and the two people in the semi were all wearing safety restraints at the time of the truck accident.
No charges have been brought at this time pending the completion of the truck accident investigation.

For more information about Oklahoma trucking laws, truck injury causes and victims’ rights, contact truck accident lawyers Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP for expert truck accident advice. Visit our OK truck accident lawyer page for more information about Oklahoma truck accidents. For a free initial consultation, talk to a truck accident attorney at 1.800.773.6770.

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