A multi-car pileup resulted in a double fatality over the weekend on the Will Rogers Turnpike, four miles east of Claremore.
Victor Mokriak of Ontario, Canada, and Victor Lopez of Phoenix, Ariz. died at the scene Sunday morning from injuries received in a six-vehicle accident.
According to the investigation of several OHP officers led by Trooper Fred Levy, a 2001 Ford Mustang belonging to Robert Morris of Illinois was stationary in an outside lane from a previous collision, just after 1:45 a.m. Sunday.
A 2000 Volvo tractor-trailer rig then stopped on the shoulder as its driver, 52-year-old Ciobaca Vasile, attempted to flag down traffic, OHP reports said.
A 1999 International Wrecker, owned by Joe Beam of Claremore, was attempting to hook up the Mustang when the westbound 2004 Freightliner tractor-trailer rig driven by Mokriak, 51, rear-ended Lopez’s 2001 Ford.
The Ford hit a guardrail, then bounced into the trailer tires of a 2000 Freightliner, driven by Buddy Grossman of Independence, Kan., in front of it.
Grossman’s Freightliner then struck vehicles that were stopped on the shoulder, including Beam’s wrecker.
Mokriak and Lopez both expired at the scene from massive injuries.
Vasile was transported by Pafford EMS to Claremore Regional Hospital, where he was treated and released with trunk internal injuries in good condition. Beam was not injured during the accident.
Claremore Firefighters were dispatched to assist at the scene.
The turnpike was shut down for several hours, but an eastbound lane re-opened near 4 a.m. Westbound lanes remained closed until midmorning, when one lane re-opened, Troopers said.
The other westbound lane is scheduled to remain closed until Tuesday for repairs.