LOGAN COUNTY, Okla.—Gayle Lynn Lanoy, a 45-year-old Piedmont, Okla. resident, died Feb. 11 in a horrific three-vehicle crash on Oklahoma 33 that left another driver in critical condition.
Officials identified the deceased victim as Gayle Lynn Lanoy, a 45-year-old Piedmont, Okla. woman.
State troopers said Lanoy was driving a 2021 Toyota 4-Runner west on Oklahoma 33 when a westbound tractor-trailer struck her vehicle at about 8:30 a.m. while she tried to make a legal stop on the highway to turn left onto Pennsylvania Avenue. Lanoy’s vehicle traveled into the eastbound lane, where an eastbound 2017 GMC pickup then hit it.
As a result of the collisions, at least one of the vehicles caught fire.
Lanoy was reportedly ejected about 30 feet from her vehicle. Emergency response personnel transported her to Mercy Medical Center in Guthrie and then flew her to a hospital in Oklahoma City, where she sadly died from her injuries.
The driver of the GMC, a 39-year-old Edmond man whose name has not been released, was pinned in his vehicle for about 30 minutes before Guthrie firefighters were able to extract him. He was flown to an Oklahoma City hospital in critical condition.
The semi-driver reportedly suffered a minor foot injury. Authorities have not released his name.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing. No additional information was immediately available.
Thoughts on the Fatal Accident in Logan County, Oklahoma
I am very disheartened to learn another’s negligence severely impacted two innocent victims. The pain and suffering that will permeate throughout families and communities because this simple act of negligence is hard to fathom. I extend my deepest condolences to the families involved.
Commercial vehicles present a substantial risk to fellow motorists given the size disparity between the average passenger vehicle and an 18-wheeler. Commercial vehicle operators are subject to heightened safety standards provided this elevated risk. This includes additional training, licensing, and safety regulations. When we encounter an accident that manifests such blatant disregard for others’ safety, a deeper look into the driver and company’s actions is warranted. This is one of those cases.
Was this driver adequately trained? Was the driver impaired, fatigued, or distracted? Was the truck properly maintained to ensure adequate control? Were procedures implemented to limit the driver’s access to phones and other devices? Answers to these questions will help unravel the events leading up to the accident and ensure justice is provided to the grieving families involved.
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