LAWTON, Okla._Saturday evening presented a scary scene after two people were thrown from a Jeep during a rollover accident, and emergency responders say they believe alcohol was involved.
Oklahoma State Troopers were called to about a half mile north of the Highway 115 and Highway 49 intersection just before 6 p.m. Saturday night. There they found two women lying next to a crumpled jeep just off the roadway. Both of the women were thrown from the sports utility vehicle, and two males were still inside.
Troopers said the woman was flown to OU Medical Center where she's being treated for serious internal injuries. While the second woman was also hospitalized, neither women were wearing their seatbelts. Troopers say these sort of accidents are frustrating because they so easily can be avoided.
Federal Wildlife Officer Shawn Comahcheet was the first one to see the accident.
"I was actually driving by from the top of the road up here, and saw this Jeep up on its side. I saw vehicles stopping. I recognized that it was a rollover accident, and then responded to here," said Comahcheet.
As he got closer to the accident, he noticed the driver and three passengers. He realized two had been ejected, and were in need of immediate medical attention.
"I saw one female lying on the ground outside of the Jeep, and another one laying up here on this side of the Jeep. It appeared that they had been ejected from the vehicle," said Comahcheet.
He described her injuries as, "possibly some broken ribs and a broken back. I am not for sure because they were internal injuries."
Injuries caused from an accident where alcohol could be part of the blame. And alcohol on Federal land is not only illegal, but strictly prohibited.
"There was some alcohol found in the vehicle, so that may be a factor in the accident," Comahcheet.
Injuries that were made worse by the fact that the two women ejected are believed to have not been wearing a seatbelt. Officer Comahcheet said this should be a lesson to all that seatbelts save lives.
"Always wear their seat belts cause obviously that is what caused these two injuries," said Comahcheet.
Officer Comahcheet said the male driver and the other female passenger were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. The other male passenger appeared okay, and refused treatment at the scene.
The exact cause of the accident remains under investigation. Officers say the vehicle was headed down a winding road, and said it looks like the driver over corrected causing it to skid off the roadway rolling several times.