Two women rushed to hospital after turnpike crash

Vehicle departs roadway, strikes cable barrier


By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Two Mustang women were taken by ambulance to the hospital after sustaining injuries in a single vehicle crash in eastern Canadian County.

The personal injury traffic collision occurred about 6:46 a.m. Aug. 1 on the John Kilpatrick Turnpike northbound about ½ mile north of N.W. 23rd Street in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) investigated the accident with help from the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, Oklahoma City Fire Department and EMSA.


A 2021 Toyota Corolla driven by Mustang’s Diane Surber, 76, was traveling northbound on the turnpike.

The vehicle departed the roadway to the left for an unknown reason, striking the cable barrier before coming to rest about 130 feet from the point of impact.

A “medical incident” was the cause of the collision, according to an OHP report authorized by the investigating state trooper.

Diane Surber was taken by EMSA to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. She was admitted in critical condition with head injuries and internal trunk injuries.

A passenger, Mustang’s Francis Surber, 75, also was taken by EMSA to OU Medical Center. She was admitted in serious condition with internal trunk injuries.

The OHP accident report shows seatbelts were in use by both the driver and passenger, and airbags deployed in the vehicle.