Fatal Wreck Involving Cattle Truck Reported Near Kellyville

Friday, December 20th 2019, 6:10 pm
By: News On 6

A Bristow woman was killed when she hit a cattle truck head-on while driving on Route 66 Friday. Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers said Reagan Ballard was killed around 11:36 a.m. 

Ballard was eastbound on the highway about three miles west of Kellyville when she went left of center, a collision report said.

"It went over into the eastbound lanes to take evasive action and unfortunately the passenger car entered back into the eastbound lane and both vehicles collided head on," said Lt. Vern Wilson with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

She hit a tractor trailer driven by Bristow resident Jeffrey Dean Webb, 46. Webb was taken to the hospital where he is said to be stable with internal injuries.

Troopers said they don't know why the 27-year-old woman went left of center, but they are investigating the wreck.

"When emergency personnel arrived on scene they found the driver of the passenger vehicle that was involved in this collision was deceased," Wilson said.

Troopers said one of the worst parts of the job is notifying families their loved ones have died - especially during the holiday season.

“Anytime you make a death notification it's extremely difficult and this time of year just adds a degree of difficulty to it really does, and we don't want to do that," Wilson said.

While troopers said the cause of the crash is unknown, they are asking drivers to be aware as they are driving on the roads this holiday season.

"We want everybody to make sure that you are paying attention to your surroundings, that you are seat belted in, and that you are paying attention to how fast you are going," Wilson said.

Officials on scene said there were about $92,000 worth of cattle, which were taken to Bristow to get checked out. They said a lot them are expected to be put down.

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