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Rodney Noe was killed in a truck accident that injured two others on U.S. 69

WAGNER COUNTY, Oklahoma—Rodney Noe, 51, of Quinlan, Texas, suffered fatal injuries after a 2008 Ford F-150 crashed on U.S. 69 near Wagoner, Oklahoma. Two women, Donna Noe and the unidentified driver of the pickup truck were also injured. The accident occurred around 7:57 a.m. on August 30, 2022.

According to initial reports, a 47-year-old woman was driving the pickup truck in which Rodney Noe and Donna Noe were both passengers. After the crash, Rodney Noe was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he succumbed to fatal injuries. Donna Noe was transported to St. John Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for treatment of head and internal torso injuries. The unidentified driver was also taken to St. John and is currently in stable condition.

Investigation into the crash is ongoing. No further details were made immediately available.

The crashworthiness of the Ford will need to be determined as it may have been a contributing factor

Accidents involving only one vehicle raise a myriad of questions about the causation of the crash. Unfortunately, we do not know much about the pickup driver or what may have caused her to lose control suddenly. Indeed, mechanical failure is often a cause of single-vehicle crashes. Whether the pickup had a tire failure, lost power steering, or had issues with its brakes or acceleration, mechanical failure could be a contributing factor to this crash that investigators must not overlook.

Additionally, investigators must also focus on the aftermath of the accident and question whether the pickup was designed so that loss of life may have been avoided in a crash. The question to ask is: was the vehicle crashworthy? We do not know if the pickup truck rolled onto its roof, but if it did, the pickup’s design might have impacted the survivability of the crash.

On top of that, Ford has known roof crush issues, which have caused multiple injuries across the nation. Recently, a $1.6 billion verdict was announced in New Mexico against Ford for defects in its vehicle’s roofs and the inability of Ford roofs to withstand rollovers. Therefore, an independent investigation conducted by trained legal professionals will be needed to determine if this vehicle was crashworthy.

The Ammons Law Firm works closely with victims and families who have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle crash. Our attorneys advocate for the independent investigation needed to determine causation in single-vehicle crashes like this. Our deepest sympathies go out to those impacted by this accident.

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