Quadruple-Fatality Accident Leaves Quinton Residents Reeling

Thursday, July 28th 2011, 7:41 pm
By: News On 6

Dan Bewley, News On 6

QUINTON, Oklahoma -- Scrapes on the road and a torn path through the dirt that's all that's left after a horrible Wednesday night tragedy.

Paul Ogden, his daughter MacKennon, his brother Lee, and their niece Emma all died Wednesday night. Paul's nephew, Colby Finch from Texas, is in critical condition

"It's good to know that they were doing something that they enjoy," said Blake Lynch, a family member. "They always like having the wagon back and forth."

The group was riding in the eastbound lane on Highway 31 in a makeshift wagon with rubber tires and bus seats, being pulled by a horse.

7/28/2011 Related Story: Quinton High School Principal One Of Four Killed In Horse-Drawn Wagon Crash

OHP says they were hit from behind by a tractor trailer.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

Investigators said the wagon did not have adequate reflectors but the family says it had lights and several reflectors.

"Everybody seems to have gotten their bearings now and we're just working on good, final preparations," Lynch said.

It's a tragedy has hit this small community hard.

Paul Ogden was the former principal at the high school and about to start teaching ag.

The family lived in what was unofficially called "Ogdenville" as several families lived close to one another.

Residents are having a hard time believing what happened.

"They're such good people and it's just, I still can't believe that they're not going to be around," Michelle Ballard a Quinton resident said.

The truck driver worked for Mike Krebbs Construction.

The owner says he started his shift at 7 p.m. The crash happened at 10:40.

The family said it will hold strong now to memories. Paul was a champion in battles with paper wads and MacKennon loved to dance at high school basketball games.

"She had her own little cheer moves she did on the sidelines when nobody was paying attention so there's a lot of fun memories, a lot of stuff that we're going to miss out on the future," Lynch said.