A Tyrone police officer directs traffic away from an accident a mile and a half west of Tyrone. The accident involved a Chevy van and a Ford Thunderbird. Three of the four passengers in the van were killed in the collision. Daily Leader photo/Robert Pierce
• Daily Leader staff report
Three Liberal residents died as the result of a fatality collision Friday evening in Texas County, Okla.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the accident happened around 4:45 p.m. about a mile and a half west of Tyrone in Texas County when a 1996 Ford Thunderbird was westbound on U.S. Highway 54, and a 2005 Chevy van was in the eastbound lane.
The report indicated the Ford entered the eastbound lane and went on to the shoulder of that side. The car then came back into the eastbound lane attempting to get back into the westbound lane when it struck the Chevy in the other lane.
The Ford then did a 180 and came to rest in the eastbound lane. The Chevy, meanwhile, entered the north bar ditch in a broad slide and rolled once coming to rest on its wheels, the report noted.
Both drivers were taken to Southwest Medical Center with injuries. Maria Rundell, 47, of Liberal, the driver of the Thunderbird, was admitted with arm injuries and is listed in stable condition.
The driver of the van, Marciano Pulido, 62, also of Liberal, was admitted with trunk internal injuries and is likewise listed in stable condition.
There were four passengers in the van, three of whom were pronounced dead at the scene. The fourth, Vicente Sebastian-Miguel, 41, of Liberal, was admitted to SWMC with trunk internal injuries.
The other three passengers, Gloria Pulido, 53, Lee Thonguanh, 61, and Victoriano Bautista-Lopez, 49, all of Liberal, died from trunk internal injuries. The OHP reported Pulido and Thonguanh also had external injuries. In addition, Pulido had leg injuries, as did Bautista-Lopez.
Pulido and Thonguanh were pinned in the vehicle for four hours, and Bautista-Lopez was ejected, according to the OHP.
Seat belts were equipped and in use in the Ford and by all but Bautista-Lopez in the Chevy.
Several OHP troopers responded to the scene, along with the Texas County Sheriff’s office, the Tyrone and Liberal police departments, Hooker and Seward County EMS, the Texas County Fire Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol.