Two Dead, Three Injured In Tulsa Wreck

Wednesday, November 19th 2008, 9:06 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, OK -- A driver, police suspected of being drunk slams her car into a vehicle on the side of a Tulsa highway killing two people and injuring 3 others. 

The accident happened Wednesday night on U.S. Highway 75 near 71st Street. 

Tulsa Police say a car with five people inside was parked on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 75 with a flat tire.  It was hit from behind by a car driven by 42-year old Nancy Rueb. 

Police say the parked car had its hazard warning lights on. 

Witnesses had called Tulsa Police before the accident about a driver getting on U.S. Highway 75 near downtown Tulsa and driving erratically.  Those witnesses told police that car was hitting guardrails on the Broken Arrow Expressway.  Another police officer working another accident was flagged down, but before he could catch up with the erratic driver, it was too late. 

Tulsa Police say Rueb's car swerved across the highway and hit the parked vehicle.  Rueb was not hurt.   

Two adults, a man and a woman in the other vehicle were killed.  Three others in the car, a 6-year old boy, a 7-year old girl and 23-year old woman were taken to a Tulsa hospital.  The boy and woman are in fair condition and the girl is in critical condition.  The names of the victims have not been released. 

Police have this advice for drivers who have trouble on the road. 

"Pull over as far as you can safely to the right side of the road. Driving at night people's vision is not that good. It's hard to get stopped in time when there is a vehicle stopped in the road," said Tulsa Police Captain Richard Alexander. 

The News On 6 has learned this is not the first time Rueb has been arrested for reckless driving, the same thing happened in 2002.  

Rueb was been booked into the Tulsa County jail on two complaints of first degree manslaughter.