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WOODWARD -- Police have released names of the four people killed when a semi-tractor trailer slammed into a line of cars and trucks halted at a construction zone.
Tuesday morning's fiery crash shut down part of U.S. 270, a major route through Northwest Oklahoma, nearly 12 hours
Pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries were the driver of a 2007 Ford pickup, Debra Diane Green, 54, of Seiling, and a passenger, Roger Daily Green, 60, of Seiling.
Also pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries were the driver and passenger of a 1994 Mercedes, Arthur Adam Herbert, 73, and Joann Singleton Herbert, 64, both of Anniston, Ala.
The victims were all pinned in their vehicles between six and 10 hours, the highway patrol said.
Patrol troopers said a semi-tractor trailer driven by Luis Miguel Jimenez of Escondido, Calif., plowed into -- and over -- a line of traffic stopped at a construction zone on the highway.
Three vehicles burst into flames.
The volunteer Mutual Fire Department and the Woodward Fire Department were the first on the scene of the fire.
Fire Chief Martin Jones of Mutual said the emergency call was not his first indication of the wreck.
"I was working about five miles from where the accident happened when I heard an explosion," said Jones. Jones said smoke from the collision's fire had already risen hundreds of feet in the air.
Darren Cottom, also of the Mutual Fire Department, said it was not immediately obvious to those on the scene just what they were dealing with.
"I thought it was just a semi trailer and maybe one other vehicle," said Cottom of the fiery collision.
"We just could tell there was a truck on fire," said Jones, who arrived at the scene shortly before Cottom. "We put a lot of water on it before we could tell what we had."
Jones said after spending time working to douse the flames it first became apparent that one other vehicle aside from the semi was burning. It later became known that there were two vehicles on fire with the semi.
Jones said there was "a lot of fire, a lot of smoke."
Cottom said the Woodward Fire Department was working to extinguish one side of the fire and Mutual firefighters were working to extinguish the other.
According to the highway patrol, the weather was clear and the pavement was dry at the time of the accident. The wreck is still under investigation.
Bridget Bese writes for Woodward News.
Smoke rises from the scene of a multi-vehicle accident on U. S. Highway 270 southeast of Woodward Tuesday morning. (Photo by Bridget Bese)
The charred remains of several vehicles in Tuesday morning's six-vehicle collision still remained on U.S. Highway 270 into the evening as investigation of the crash continued. Four people were killed in the accident that closed U. S. Highway 270 for over 11 hours. Bridget Bese/Woodward News
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