The Oklahoma Highway Patrol identified the girls as 9-year-old Hailey Marie Benham and 6-year-old Hannah Daniel Benham. Their mother, 28-year-old Natalie M. Benham, was taken by Life Flight to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa where she was admitted in stable condition with leg and trunk internal injuries, the OHP said.
The family has a Nowata address.
The accident occurred on Nowata County Road 280 at the Union Pacific crossing just east of US 169. Troopers said Benham’s 2008 Ford failed to yield at the railroad crossing and was struck by a south-bound Union Pacific train.
All the occupants of the SUV were wearing seatbelts. Troopers listed the cause of the accident as failure to yield at the railroad crossing.
Troopers from the Craig, Mayes, Nowata, and Washington County detachments investigated the wreck.
Oologah-Talala Superintendent Rob Armstrong said counselors and ministers were lined up to work with both students and employees at the school Tuesday. For more details, see this week’s print edition of the Oologah Lake Leader.
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