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Published On: Tue, Oct 28th, 2014

Two teachers dead: Heather Wilson, Jennifer Briggs killed in head-on car crash

Two English teachers didn’t report to school on Monday and officials have now confirmed that Jennifer Briggs, 24, who taught seventh grade English at Guthrie Junior High School, and Heather Wilson, 27, an eighth grade English teacher at the school, were both killed in a horrible head on car crash.

Jennifer Briggs

Jennifer Briggs

Guthrie Superintendent Mike Simpson made a few phone calls, but tells the press he feared the worst Monday morning after hearing of a car accident on the highway. His fears were realized when he found that the violent head-on collision that claimed the lives of both teachers.

“These were rising stars in education,” Simpson told KOCO.

Another driver, Rocky Baca, in a Dodge Van drifted over the center line early Monday morning and then was headed right for them.

“He was traveling the wrong direction in their lane,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Betsy Randolph told KFOR. “They went left trying to avoid him. And at the last second he went right trying to avoid them and they hit head-on.”

The teachers both graduated from Oklahoma State University and were carpooling together in a 2012 Ford Focus.

Both were dead on impact according to a police source.

Baca, 37, is in serious condition at OU Medical Center, and reportedly told police that he was sleepy. Charges are pending his toxicology results.

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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