Pauls Valley Democrat
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma —
Authorities are not sure what caused a teenage girl from Davis to drive the wrong direction on an Interstate 35 lane near Ardmore this past weekend.
The action resulted in a three-vehicle accident and serious injuries for that same teen driver, 19-year-old Peyton Karlik.
State troopers reported Karlik was alone while driving a pickup southbound in the northbound inside lane of I-35.
At just after 10 p.m. Friday, June 14 the wrong-way driving triggered the accident that sent Karlik to the hospital with critical injuries.
According to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report, as Karlik’s pickup was driving the wrong way it was moving toward a tractor-truck driven by Robert Ardery, 48, of Byars.
It was also approaching a pickup truck driven by 78-year-old Billy Alsobrook of Duncan. Riding along as a passenger was Ola Alsobrook, 81.
Ardery’s vehicle was reported to be traveling northbound in the inside lane, while the third vehicle was moving the same direction but in the outside lane.
At a site in the Ardmore area the driver of the tractor-truck took evasive action when the oncoming vehicle was spotted. It swerved into the outside lane as it was struck in the cab by Karlik’s pickup. It also then struck the third vehicle, troopers reported.
Reports show all the individuals except Karlik were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.
Karlik was also the only one injured as she was airlifted to a Plano, Texas hospital, where she was admitted in critical condition with head and trunk internal injuries.
Investigating the crash site were state troopers from Love and Murray counties, along with county and municipal first-responders from Ardmore.