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Mindy Cates Seriously Injured in Semi-truck Accident on Hwy 277 Near Cyril, Oklahoma

Cyril, Okla. — A woman was seriously injured in a collision with a semi-truck on Monday night on Hwy 277.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Mindy Cates was traveling north when her vehicle crossed the center line and collided head-on with a semi-truck.

Emergency responders worked to free Cates, who was pinned for approximately 25 minutes before being extricated from the wreckage. She was transported to the hospital

with injuries to her head, trunk, and legs.

No additional details have been provided.

Thoughts on head-on collisions

Modern technology has helped reduce the frequency of head-on collisions. And, while I can’t stress enough the importance of staying in one’s lane, newer vehicles equipped with Lane Assistance Technology are designed to help drivers maintain their lane, reducing the risk of these accidents. However, if this technology fails to function as intended, devastating consequences can happen, as seen in this collision.

It will be important to determine for those involved if the vehicles involved In the crash provided adequate protection and warning to prevent this accident. If not, the manufacturer may have some responsibility for this terrible accident.

My thoughts are with those injured, and I hope they all make a swift recovery.



The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.


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