11th and Memorial shut down for hours after truck-car collision; 1 person dead, 2 others injured
6:20 AM, Jun 20, 2013
5:50 PM, Jun 20, 2013
TULSA - Tulsa police are investigating a Thursday morning deadly accident. One person was killed when a truck collided with a car near 11th and Memorial just before 5 a.m.
Police say the truck was traveling westbound on 11th Street when it broadsided a car traveling northbound on Memorial. The car's 15-year-old passenger was pronounced dead on the scene.
Police initially said they believed the truck ran a red light but later determined its driver had the right-of-way after a witness came forward. The boy's mother, who was driving the car, said her vehicle stalled right before the light and when it began to go the truck broadsided them.
Both drivers were taken by EMSA paramedics to a nearby hospital. The truck's driver was treated and released from a local hospital. The woman is still in the hospital.
Firefighters extricated the boy, identified by police as Caleb Elliott. He was pinned inside the vehicle for more than two hours.
Police say today was the Elliott's birthday. He had just finished the eighth grade at Hale Jr. High School.
Standard toxicology and blood alcohol tests are being conducted on the drivers.
The intersection was shut down for hours while crews cleared the scene.
Police are asking for more witnesses to come forward by calling the non-emergency dispatch number at (918) 596-9222.