A tragic multi-car accident in McClain County Thursday night claimed the lives of three people.
Patricia McLoed, 34, was driving a pick-up westbound on State Highway 39 about three and a half miles south of Purcell when she became stuck behind multiple vehicles in traffic, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Foster.
“She became agitated for whatever reason and decided to pass them at a hill crest in a no passing zone,” Trooper Foster explained. When she did it, an SUV was going over the hill in the other lane, and they collided at the Hillcrest.
The crash killed Kimberly Hartline, Madysun Faber, and a 15-year-old boy. A 2-year-old girl was the lone survivor inside.
Jeff Evans, a Dibble AG teacher, told News 4 that the group was on their way to a Dibble High School basketball game to watch a relative. But they were never able to make it.
“Our small school was completely crushed today,” Evans said, “but one thing about this town is that in times of need, this community truly rallies around our own.”
The Superintendent of Dibble Public Schools issued the following statement in response to the tragedy:
Dibble Schools is very sorry by the loss of life caused by yesterday’s car tragedy on the way to a high school basketball game. We have taken steps to assist our kids and staff in grief and healing.
We genuinely appreciate the many comments of concern that have been directed our way on behalf of the school, community, and families.
A memorial fund has been established at Blanchard’s First National Bank. Donations will be utilized to assist with financial expenditures and to assist individuals touched by the tragedy.
Donations can also be mailed to Dibble Public Schools, C/O Jeff Evans, PO Box 9, Dibble, OK 73031.
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