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Greenwood principal, four other Arkansans killed in Oklahoma crash

by NWA Democrat-Gazette | June 18, 2021 at 9:06 p.m.
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CAMERON, Okla. — Five people from Fort Smith and Greenwood died at the scene of a two-car accident Friday, including the newly promoted Greenwood High School principal and his son.

Aaron M. Gamble, 42, of Greenwood was a passenger in a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse, according to a report from Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The release said the car was being driven by a 15-year-old boy; the Greenwood School District identified the boy as Gamble's son, Landry.

The accident occurred on Oklahoma 112 about 2 miles south of Cameron in LeFlore County about 11:17 a.m. Friday, according to a report from Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Charles L. Drushal, 76, of Fort Smith was driving northbound in a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Jill M. Drushal, 53, and an unidentified 15-year-old girl when he went left of center and struck the Traverse head-on in the southbound lane, according to the report.

The Greenwood School District released a statement on the school district's Facebook page confirming that one of the five victims was the newly named principal of Greenwood High School.

"It is with extreme sadness and difficulty that we share the news of the passing of Mr. Aaron Gamble, and his son Landry in an automobile accident today," the post said.

Gamble was recently promoted to high school principal, according to the statement. He had been a teacher, coach, and an administrator for 21 years.

The report states airbags deployed in both vehicles.


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