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Former Oklahoma LB Jimbo Elrod killed in accident

Team Radio Marketing Group - December 12, 2016 9:32 am

Former Oklahoma linebacker Jimbo Elrod, who helped the Sooners win two national championships, died  in a car crash early Monday morning.

Elrod, 62, who played for Oklahoma from 1972-1976 and helped the Sooners win titles in 1974 and 1975, was killed about 3:45 a.m. Monday west of Chandler on the Turner Turnpike, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman said.

His wife, Diana M. Elrod, 61, was transported by Medi-Flight to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where she was admitted in serious condition with multiple head, internal and external injuries.

Capt. Paul Timmons said the eastbound vehicle hit a guardrail, overturned and Jimbo Elrod, who was not wearing a seat belt was ejected.

No other vehicles were involved, Timmons said.

Elrod was taken in the fifth round of the 1976 NFL Draft and played for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Oilers during his professional career.

The Highway Patrol report said the Elrods were eastbound on the Turner Turnpike, departed the roadway to the right, tried to re-enter the roadway and struck the back side of a guardrail, causing the vehicle to roll over, ejecting Jimbo Elrod through the sun roof.  The vehicle then vaulted end over end multiple times, coming to rest in a ravine.

 

 

 

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