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Atoka County, Oklahoma — October 5, 2013

An elderly woman was killed in a rural Atoka County accident on Voca Road near the town of Caney according to state police.

The woman was only identified as being 85-year-old from Lane and she was eastbound on Voca when she attempted to turn onto U.S. Route 69/75. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said she was struck by a southbound car and died at the scene.

The second driver was not identified and it is not known if they were injured.

According to the National Safety Council, the rate of traffic deaths rose 4 percent in 2012 to 1.23 per 100 million. The study attributed the increase, in part, to a mild winter and improved economic conditions.

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