Triple fatal crash investigation in Ottawa County; Oklahoma Highway Patrol say two boys killed and a man, all from Joplin, Mo.

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OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. — Just before 2:15 p.m. Friday, Miami Oklahoma Dispatch were alerted to a vehicle crash on 10C and S.670 Rd. Approximately 3 miles west of the Oklahoma and Missouri line.

Wyandotte Fire, Quapaw Nation EMS, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Quapaw Nation Marshals, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Deputies responded. 

OHP Trooper tells us on scene, the passenger car was traveling west on 10C and departed the left side of the roadway overturning an unknown amount of times. It came to rest upside down on the SW corner of the intersection. 

The only survivor was the driver of the orange 1994 Honda Civic, Anthony Hendricks, age 23 of Joplin, Missouri. Transported by Quapaw Nation EMS to Cox Hospital in Springfield, MO.

Terry Wilikins (SIC) Wilkins, age 29 of Joplin, MO. Pronounced dead at the scene.

Two juvenile passengers, names withheld as per normal OHP protocol, died at the scene. Boys, ages 5 and 7 of Joplin, MO.

The intersection was closed to process the crash scene from 2:15 p.m. until 5:25 p.m. 

On scene we observed yellow crime scene tape surrounding the crashed vehicle. Numerous investigators and an official vehicle of the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner. 

The cause of the crash is unknown at this point. It is still a continuing investigation according to the patrol.

The crashed vehicle was removed by Perry’s Towing and Recovery of Miami. 

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