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Two dead in Muskogee Turnpike crash after vehicle rear-ended

Posted at 9:11 AM, Jul 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-04 20:08:29-04

COWETA, Okla. -- Two people have died after a crash on the Muskogee Turnpike on Wednesday morning.

The crash was reported on the turnpike northwest of Coweta. Troopers said two women were killed after a truck rear-ended a vehicle on the turnpike.

Troopers said the vehicle the women were inside was traveling very slowly on the highway and was possibly even at a stop. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said they did not know why the women were not traveling at highway speed. 

"We are not going to say there is a fault, but there is possibly potential violations in this accident, but like I said, it is still under investigation," Lt. Mike Childress with the OHP said. 

OHP does not believe alcohol was involved in the crash but the driver of the truck was taken to the hospital for a blood test.

The people inside the truck were not hurt.

Troopers were looking to notify their families before releasing their identities. 

AAA is predicting this is going to be the busiest Fourth of July holiday they have on record. They believe it is because Independence Day falls on a Wednesday. 

"People are able to take a vacation on the front end or on the back end," Mark Madeja with AAA said. "We think that is the main reason why this year is so crowded." 

They caution people to take their time while they are on the road. 

"We lost 11 lives in Oklahoma last Fourth of July," Madeja said. "Six of those were alcohol and drug related." 

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