Drone photo of the intersection between US-377 and SH-22

​​Drone photo of the intersection between US-377 and SH-22

Intersection crash between a passenger car and a combination vehicle

What Happened

​​This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

Updated May 5, 2022

​About 12:19 p.m. central daylight time on Tuesday March 22, 2022, a 1994 Peterbilt truck-tractor in combination with a 2017 Travis trailer loaded with gravel was traveling south on US Highway 377 (US-377) in Tishomingo, Johnston County, Oklahoma. The posted speed limit for US-377 was 50 mph. The combination vehicle was operated by Burton Trucking LLC, an intrastate trucking company based in Burneyville, Oklahoma, and it was approaching the intersection of Oklahoma State Highway 22 (SH-22). At the same time, a 2015 Chevrolet Spark passenger car, occupied by a 16-year-old driver and five teenage passengers, was traveling east on SH-22 approaching US-377. At this location, SH-22 traffic was controlled by a stop sign (see figure 1). The car made a left turn in front of the combination vehicle and was struck on its front-left side. The car came to rest on a gravel road about 364 feet southwest of the point of impact. The combination vehicle left the roadway and came to rest about 241 feet south of the point of impact. As a result of the crash, all six occupants in the car were fatally injured. The combination vehicle driver was not injured in the crash. Postcrash toxicology reports indicated that the car driver was negative for alcohol and positive for cannabis, and the combination vehicle driver was negative for alcohol and other drugs.

The car driver was issued an intermediate driver’s license less than 6 months before the crash. According to the state of Oklahoma‘s Graduated Driver License requirements, a driver who is issued an intermediate license may carry only one non-household passenger in the vehicle unless accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years old.[1]

​Working with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation are the following parties:

  • Oklahoma Department of Public Safety
  • Oklahoma Department of Transportation

The NTSB continues to collect data to analyze highway design, crash dynamics, and seat belt use. All aspects of the crash remain under investigation while the NTSB determines the probable cause with the intent of issuing safety recommendations to prevent similar crashes. 

​ [1]  Graduated Driver License (Oklahoma.gov​)