According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, two young girls died after a tragic wreck along a McCurtain County highway on Friday night.
Highway Patrol reports that around 10:20 p.m., Philip McCleery, 78, of Waco, Texas, was driving a van north on U.S. 259, about three miles north of Broken Bow. McCleery attempted to turn onto a private driveway when it was struck by a pickup traveling south on the highway.
Two girls, ages 11 and 16, both of Tulsa, were passengers in the van and were taken to McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel where they were pronounced dead.
Jenks Public Schools said it will have counselors on hand Monday for students in need.
Three other passengers were flown to hospitals to be treated for their injuries, according to troopers.
Leah Shrinivas, 46, of Tulsa, was transported to Paris Regional Hospital in Paris TX, while Joyce McCleery, 78, of Waco, and a 16-year-old boy of Tulsa, were flown to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK.
While Philip McCleery and a 7-year-old boy, another passenger in the van were also taken to McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel.
The driver of the pickup, Henry Liebermann, 26, of Broken Bow, was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released, the patrol reported.
Troopers said seat belts were in use in both vehicles.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol did not release the names of the juveniles involved in the wreck.