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Big rig pileup near Tushka leaves driver seriously hurt

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Three 18-wheelers were involved in a fiery wreck near Tushka. (Courtesy Kristy Jackson) Three 18-wheelers were involved in a fiery wreck near Tushka. (Courtesy Kristy Jackson)
Three 18-wheelers were involved in a fiery wreck near Tushka. (Courtesy Kristy Jackson) Three 18-wheelers were involved in a fiery wreck near Tushka. (Courtesy Kristy Jackson)

ATOKA COUNTY, Okla. — Three 18-wheelers tangled in a chain-reaction accident near Tushka on Thursday night, sending one of the drivers to the hospital.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Jamie Miller said all three big rigs were headed south on U.S. 69  at 9 p.m. when a truck driven by Charles Prosser hit the back of another truck. 

Prosser's truck then veered left, hitting a second truck in the rear.

Miller said the cab of Prosser's tractor caught fire and he was pinned in the wreckage for about 20 minutes before firefighters from Tushka and Atoka could get hime out.

Prosser, 40, of McGomery, Texas, was airlifted to Medical City Plano for treatment of multiple injuries. He was last reported in critical condition.

The other two drivers — from South Dakota and Iowa — were not injured.

Miller blamed the accident on excessive speed.

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