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7 killed in Beaver County collision

September 26, 2012

ELMWOOD (AP) — At least seven people were killed after a sport utility vehicle slammed head-on into a van carrying workers to a Texas meatpacking plant early Wednesday in the Oklahoma Panhandle, the state highway patrol said.
A Chevrolet Suburban speeding along Highway 412 near Elmwood crossed the center line and crashed into a van carrying at least seven people, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Chris West said.
Elmwood is 62 miles east of Guymon.
Both drivers were killed along with five people inside the van, West said.
One survivor was airlifted to a hospital, said OHP spokeswoman Betsy Randolph.
The driver was the only person in the SUV, while the van was carrying employees heading for a meatpacking plant in Texas, Randolph said. She did not name the company that operates the facility nor its location.
Both lanes of the highway were temporarily closed but reopened about five hours later.

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