Joplin couple, 2 teen sons die in eastern Oklahoma crash

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A family of four from Joplin is dead after their car was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler at an Oklahoma intersection and burst into flames.

Troopers say the crash on Sunday took the lives of 52-year-old Robert Hayes, his 41-year-old wife Melissa Hayes and their sons, 15-year-old Tyler and 14-year-old Colby Hayes.

Authorities say a tractor-trailer rig rear-ended the Hayes car that was stopped at a traffic light in Pryor, Oklahoma. Investigators do not know why the semi driver was not able to stop.

Police plan an accident re-creation before deciding whether to file charges against the truck driver, a 53-year-old man from Mesa, Ariz. He remained hospitalized Monday afternoon.

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Information from: The Joplin Globe: http://www.joplinglobe.com ;

Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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