Woman dies in six vehicle accident on I-35

A 51-year-old Oklahoma woman died early Monday morning on Interstate 35 in a six vehicle accident. The crash also sent two others to the hospital in critical condition.

The incident happened at approximately 4:13 a.m. near the Cimarron River bridge (mile marker 166), which is near the Logan and Payne County line. Related article: Reported fatality accident has I-35 shut down

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol continues to investigate the cause of the crash, but witnesses reportedly said they saw a semi truck overturned on the highway and that the trailing vehicles collided into the truck causing a pile up.

The roads were hazardous throughout the morning and day with freezing temperatures and rain. Troopers describe the roadway as slick and ice covered at the time of the accident.

Kelly D. Hillhouse, 51, of Newkirk, was pronounced dead at the scene due to massive injuries, according to a crash report released by OHP.

Vincent G. Dufek, 21, of Austin, TX., was transported by Guthrie EMS to OU Medical Center. He was admitted in critical condition for head, arm, leg, trunk external, and trunk internal injuries.

Also injured was 67-year-old Stephen S. Headley of Lebanon, Missouri. He was transported by LifeNet to OU Medical Center and admitted in critical condition for head and trunk internal injuries.

Four others were involved, but were not injured.

One of the three semi trucks involved was carrying cattle. Multiple cows were killed. The others were eventually transferred to another truck and transported away.

Nine miles of the northbound lanes were shut down for over 16 hours to allow the roadway to be cleared off.


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