Plane crash, two dead report Oklahoma Highway Patrol

ELLIS COUNTY, Okla. — Monday morning about 8:30 a.m. Oklahoma Highway Patrol report of a plane crash at Gage Airport.

Two people died.

“The crash involved a Cessna 170 and both occupants of the aircraft died in the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration will be conducting the investigation into exactly what happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families involved.”


Fatality aircraft incident occurred at approximately 0825 hours on 11-28-2022 at the Gage airport located approximately 1 mile southwest of Gage, OK in Ellis county.
Aircraft: Cessna 170, N2710D
Occupant 1: James Wade Bruce, white male, age 54 of Shattuck, OK. Pronounced deceased at the scene.
Occupant 2: David Rondel Dodd Jr, white male, age 30 of Austin, TX. Pronounced deceased at the scene.
What happened: Under investigation by the FAA and NTSB.
Investigated by Trooper Biggs #220. Assisted by LT Rehder #162, Ellis County Sheriff’s Department, Ellis County EMS, Shattuck FD, Gage FD, FAA, NTSB, and the Office of the Medical Examiner.
Authority: Trooper Biggs #220
Oklahoma Highway Patrol – NWRC – Enid     LT Siemens

I-44 Will Rogers Turnpike travel delay: tractor trailer crash at Miami

OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. — Thanksgiving morning reports about 10 a.m. stating traffic delays traveling west approaching Miami 313 exit.

KOAM Producer Zach Dobbs reports of a huge traffic delay due to a semi wreck. His video shows a tractor trailer at 312 mile marker off the north side of the roadway, overturned trailer and the cab destroyed.

Unknown circumstances and unknown injuries. We are awaiting information from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol who are on scene.

Santa Fe Wrecker are visible on scene pulling portions of the tractor trailer up to the roadway.

As of 9 a.m. Thursday OHP release Holiday stats:

It’s already been a busy Thanksgiving holiday for our troopers. From 12:00 a.m. yesterday through 9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving morning we’ve worked:”

109 Non-Injury Collisions
53 Injury Collisions
2 Fatalities
60 Motorist Assists

We will update information here on our Joplin News First news tab at KOAM News Now.




12-year-old ran over by hayride still critical; Friends raise money for family expenses

GROVE, Okla. — Oklahoma Highway Patrol released details over the weekend regarding a young girl ran over after falling off a hayride near Grove.

Now friends of the family of Vinalee Follmuth are raising money as the she remains critical at St. Francis in Tulsa, Okla.

Vinalee is an energetic, fun, loving, kind little girl. She loves life and loves her family. She was on a hay ride. She ended up falling head-first under the trailer and getting run over. She sustained significant injuries and is currently in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator.” — GO FUND ME

Organizers say the money raised will help support the family as they travel back and forth from Grove to Tulsa.

| RELATED OHP REPORT >>12-yr-old critically injured after falling off hayride and ran over near Grove, Okla.

“We are raising the money for gas, medical, lodging, and food expenses. Please, anything helps,” Reanna Marie Schaapveld states on the Go Fund Me.

As of 2:30 p.m. on October 31, 2022 they are at $1,000 of a $10,000 goal. Click here to visit the GFM.

Click here to read about the incident where Vinalee was injured.

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12-yr-old critically injured after falling off hayride and ran over near Grove, Okla.

DELAWARE COUNTY, Okla. — Just after 7 p.m. Saturday evening, October 29, 2022 Delaware County E-911 were alerted to an incident at S650 Rd and E310 Rd, a youth had fallen off a hayride and then ran over by the trailer.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol report Grove Fire and Grove EMS responded to the scene.

There were 15 people on the trailer being pulled by a Kubota tractor, driven by Terry Arnall, 60, of Delaware County.

OHP Tpr Micah Gibe states, “[Kubota tractor] was eastbound on east CR 310 , juveniles were sitting on a hayride. [Female-12] fell off of the hayride and the trailer ran over the juvenile.


Additional individuals at scene are listed in the preliminary report. Click to view in full screen.

Grove EMS transported the injured female to St. Francis in Tulsa, Okla. She was listed in critical condition.

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Go Fund Me created to support family of Oklahoma toddler found dead

OKEMAH, Okla. — The family of a 2-year-old boy who was found dead hours after disappearing from his home, has set up a GoFundMe to help cover funeral minimal funeral costs.

Ares Muse was discovered deceased about a 1/2 mile south of the family residence in a densely wooded and brush covered area.

We lost our beloved grandson. I am asking for help for the family for the funeral costs and whatever they need help with. Ares was a sweet boy. Just short of his 3rd birthday. He loved his mom, dad and sister very much and was a second son to his aunt. The hole that is left in all our hearts will never be filled.” — Brandi Gaither via GO FUND ME

Monday more than 20 agencies across Oklahoma quickly came together to search as parents claimed they woke at 6:30 a.m. and little Ares was nowhere to be found.

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After the body was discovered Principal Chief David Hill spoke to those who had been searching all day, “Though we didn’t get the outcome we wanted, we appreciate the effort and the prayers today. We grieve with everyone who knew and loved this boy.”

100+ in Law Enforcement and volunteers spent hours searching and hoping to find the boy safe. Using K9, Drones, helicopter, and some on horseback, ATVs.

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Services for the boy are set for Sept 19.  Click here to read the obituary. 

The Muscogee Nation Lighthorse Police are investigating the death. As investigation continues and authorities are not calling it a criminal investigation.

Services are set for Sept 18 and 19 in Okemah, Okla. under the care of Parks Bros Funeral Home.

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Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Creek Nation searching for missing 2-year-old

UPDATE: Muscogee Nation update information, “Tonight, our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Ares Muse, and to the men and women representing over 20 different agencies that worked tirelessly to find him.”

The two-year-old boy was gone from his parents bed when they awoke at 6:30 a.m. on Monday morning.

We are saddened to update that the Creek Nation has confirmed Ares Muse was found deceased this evening. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.” — Oklahoma Highway Patrol

OKFUSKEE COUNTY, Okla. — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol release details regarding a missing child on behalf of the Creek Nation on Monday.

“We are utilizing our resources to help search for this missing child. He was last seen in the area of Highway 56 and East 1100 Road in Okfuskee County.” —OHP

The missing child crawled into bed with his parents at approximately 1:30 AM. When the father woke up at 6:30 AM, he noticed the boy not in bed and nowhere to be found inside the home.

The male child is 2-years-old, Ares Muse.

Authorities do not believe this is an abduction.

Okemah, Oklahoma is about 2 1/2 hours SW of Joplin area.

Authorities ask if anyone has information, please call 911.

Captain Jerre Lee Smith of the Muscogee Creek Nation Lighthorse. He informed me he is the lead investigator for the tribe on this case. He is requesting ERT personnel to assist with a grid search of this extremely rural area. He has also requested air support to assist with the search efforts. There are numerous agencies currently on the scene. Choctaw Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Creek Nation, DOC blood hounds, Tribal K9’s, Okfuskee County Emergency Management, Seminole County Emergency Management, Okmulgee County Emergency Management, District 22 DA office, FBI, State Troopers and more resources en route. — 1 PM Update OHP

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5th Wheeler fire closes I-44 in Ottawa Co. state OHP

OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. – Thursday afternoon about 2 p.m. reports of an RV on fire on the Will Rogers Turnpike in NE Oklahoma about five miles from the Missouri line.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Bertram was on scene of the 5th wheel fire.  OHP states the delay in traffic took about two hours, as of 4 p.m. stating, “Debris has been swept off the roadway. Lanes are back open.”

There were no reported injuries.

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Although the cause of the fire is unknown in this case.  Here are some tips according to MotorBiscuit to keep your RV from burning to the ground.

Being out on the road in an RV can be liberating. Traveling to destinations of scenic beauty or historical significance can be a thrilling part of an adventure. But, just as any trip can be satisfying, it can also be more challenging. One of the ways to avoid some of the pitfalls that an RV can develop over time and miles is to take care of issues before they become problems. Specifically, to keep your RV from burning to the ground, add the following tips to your maintenance routine.

  • Check the RVs electrical system
  • Fluid leaks and hot exhausts do not mix
  • Keep charged fire extinguishers
  • Check or add a smoke alarm to your RV

Click here to read more on all points above from MotorBiscuit.

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ME says man struck, killed in I-44 hit-and-run last week; Victim identified

OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. — Last week we brought you the story of a body discovered by highway workers along I-44 in NE Okla. Now today more details are revealed that the male was struck and killed by an unknown vehicle.

Thursday, July 28, 2022 at approximately 1:45 pm the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Quapaw Nation Marshal Service and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched near mile marker 319.8 on I-44 regarding a human body that had been located.

Authorities on scene began investigating the incident and the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office (ME) was contacted and responded to the scene. Once the ME was on scene, the individual later identified as Richard Lee Atchley, 53, a Cherokee tribal member from Chelsea, Oklahoma and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The cause of death was determined to be from Mr. Atchley being struck by a motor vehicle in the west bound lane of I-44. The motor vehicle that struck Mr. Atchley did not stop or report the incident to the authorities.

Authorities are asking if anyone was traveling on the Will Rogers Turnpike in the area of mile markers 319 – 320 on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 from 10:00pm to 11:30pm and saw an individual on or near the roadway or any motor vehicles that may have been stopped or struck something in the west bound lanes of I-44, please contact the Quapaw Nation Marshal Service at (918) 238-3137.


The investigation is ongoing by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Investigative Division and the Quapaw Nation Marshal Service. Source: Media Release.

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Miami man crashes into concrete bridge railing near Wyandotte

OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. — Early Sunday morning about 1:30 a.m. Oklahoma Highway Patrol say a Miami man was injured in a single vehicle crash near Wyandotte.

Devin Wilson, 22, was operating a 2017 Ford Fiesta  eastbound on OK-10C, 4/10 miles west of S 670 Rd, 5 miles north and 1.5 miles east of Wyandotte.

According to preliminary information from Tpr A. Gibe of OHP the crash occurred as the Ford, “departed the roadway to the right, striking a road sign, after striking the sign, [Ford] hit a concrete bridge rail. [Ford] went over the railing of the bridge and down into a ravine.”

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Wilson was transported by Quapaw Nation EMS to Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo. OHP say he was admitted with serious injuries but was stable.

Road conditions were wet at the time.

The driver was wearing his seat belt.

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Tractor trailer and pickup collide in Ottawa County, closing US-60

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mo. — Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. a two-vehicle crash closed US-60 just inside Oklahoma as a tractor trailer crashed and a pickup directly in front of Indigo Sky Casino.

Eastern Shawnee Police, Wyandotte Fire and EMS responded.

Screenshot during crash incident shows traffic patterns and location in front of casino.Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper tells us on scene no one was injured in the crash.

The tractor trailer traveling westbound on US-60 took out about 150 feet of guardrail on the north side of the road.

Santa Fe Towing was summoned to remove the tractor trailer. Garner’s Wrecker removed the pickup.

Traffic was diverted as a fuel cell on the tractor trailer was ruptured and Wyandotte Fire contained the spill using booms.

Traffic resumed one lane about 9:15 a.m.  All traffic was released about 10:45 a.m. On the Missouri side Seneca Fire assisted in what trucks and vehicles could travel the detour roads which included some roads that were not truck routes.

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