Mom & Her 3 Kids Escape Fiery Turner Turnpike Crash


Monday, February 15th 2021, 7:01 pm
By: Ashley Holden


OKLAHOMA COUNTY -

Debris is still scattered on the westbound side of Turner Turnpike near Luther after a fiery accident Sunday afternoon. 

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said at least four semis and four passenger vehicles were involved. Because some of the cars were mangled and on fire, troopers are still piecing together the exact number of how many cars were involved. 

Trooper Eric Foster said the accident was really three in one. On the way to the scene, OHP thought it could be fatal. Thankfully no one was killed, but at least four people were hurt.

Foster said the third crash was the one that actually shut down the turnpike in both directions because of the fire that it caused. Traffic was backed up for five hours and reopening the lanes was a big process.

"You have multiple problems with that," said Foster. "You have a fire that burns for a while, and so you have to think did it hurt the roadway. And then with all the water you have another separate issue..."

One family that was injured in the crash, the Cantrell kids and their mom Erin. 

 "Like we tell people those subsequent crashes are very dangerous," said Foster. 

That's exactly what happened to Hayden, her twin Hayley, their brother Hunter and their mom. Their aunt, Shelby Cantrell, said the four came up on the crash and couldn't stop.

"They hit one of the semis that was on fire," said Shelby.

Hunter and Hayley made it out of the car, Erin and Hayden were trapped. Shelby told News 9 somehow the kids got ahold of their dad who rushed there. She said her brother parked, ran and pulled the two that were trapped to safety. 

With a police officer’s help, their dad got his family to a hospital.

"Hayley has been released," said Shelby. 

But it’s a much different story for the other three. Shelby is constantly getting updates through text.

"Hunter is out of surgery and he had three tears in his bowels," said his aunt. 

Thankfully they were able to be repaired. Hayden is due to have a third surgery and at first was going in and out of consciousness. Since Shelby told News 9 Hayden is now communicating.

Hayden and her mom, who has a lot of broken bones, have a long recovery ahead. Shelby said this is the hardest thing her brother has ever gone through, but they will come out on the other side. 

"They're strong," said Shelby. "We're a resilient family, so I know that we will come out of this stronger."

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