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Winter weather causes interstate accident

Sunday, January 16, 2022 - Snow and slick road conditions led to a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 40 Saturday that involved a Sallisaw woman.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP), the accident occurred near mile marker 309 westbound approximately 1.3 miles east of Sallisaw at 1:58 pm.

Martha Timmerman, 80, of Sallisaw was reportedly driving a 2003 Toyota 4Runner westbound when she lost control on the slick highway. She was then struck by another westbound vehicle, a 2017 Freightliner, driven by Luis Ortiz, 68, of California.

Both vehicles then left the roadway to the right. The semi overturned 1/4 time coming to rest on the driver's side.

Ortiz was pinned in his vehicle for 45 minutes before being freed by the Sallisaw Fire Department. He was transported by Pafford EMS to Baptist Hospital in Fort Smith where he was admitted with arm injuries in fair condition.

Timmerman was transported by Pafford EMS to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith where she was treated and released in good condition.

The OHP was assisted at the scene by the Sallisaw Police and Fire Departments as well as Pafford EMS.

KXMX News Staff

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