Patrol: Head-on crash kills 7 in Okla. Panhandle

Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At least seven people were killed after a sport utility vehicle slammed head-on into a van carrying workers to a Texas meatpacking plant early Wednesday in the Oklahoma Panhandle, the state highway patrol said.

A Chevrolet Suburban speeding along Highway 412 near the town of Elmwood crossed the center line and crashed into a van carrying at least seven people, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Chris West said.

Both drivers were killed along with five people inside the van, West said.

One survivor was airlifted to a hospital, said OHP spokeswoman Betsy Randolph.

The driver was the only person in the SUV, while the van was carrying employees heading for a meatpacking plant in Texas, Randolph said. She did not name the company that operates the facility nor its location.

Elmwood is located in Beaver County, less than 10 miles from the Texas state line.

Both lanes of the highway were temporarily closed but reopened about five hours later.