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July 28, 2008

2 teens hit by train

Holdenville — Two Holdenville teens were injured when the vehicle they were in was hit by a train Sunday.

A report from Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper David Brown said Keanon Giles, 16, was driving a 1991 Toyota pickup east on County Road EW131 3 miles northeast of Holdenville and failed to stop at a railroad crossing.

The pickup was hit by a BNSF train pulling 70 cars. The pickup spun around and rolled onto the passenger side. A passenger in the pickup, Jessica Oliver, 14, was partially ejected and pinned for 30 minutes before being freed by Holdenville firefighters using hydraulic cutting and prying tools.

She was taken by EMS to a hospital helipad then flown to OU Medical Center and admitted in critical condition with neck and internal injuries. Giles was taken by EMS to Holdenville Hospital and then flown to OUMC with internal chest injuries.

Brown said, based on his investigative opinion, the cause of the accident was driver inattention and seat belts were not in use. No one on the train was injured.

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