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HENNESSEY, Okla. - News travels fast in small town Oklahoma.

It didn't take long for the folks in Hennessy to hear one of their own had been critically injured in a car crash.

"Fear, terror. I was so worried for her, her parents," said family friend Marissa Choate. When you get that news: 'Please, God, let them be okay.'"

It was February 21st, around supper time.

Off duty trooper Tanner Beckner was on his way to see his family when he pulled up on a horrific scene.

Lacy Bagshaw's F-250 had plowed into a tanker truck about three miles outside town on highway 51.

"It appeared both legs had been broken, both airbag deployed," Beckner said. "I looked at the scene, I didn't see any skid marks. She hit an 18-wheeler at highway speed."

The nine-year OHP veteran cleared a landing zone for Medi-Flight.

Strangers pulled the teen from her crumpled pick up.

"Without hesitation, a member of our community used his farm vehicle to open Lacy's car and get her out of the vehicle," Beckner said.

Bagshaw spent several days in the hospital but is back home and on the mend.

She'll likely need months to fully recover.

"We all have those difficult times through our journey as we go," said family friend Jimmy Berkenbile. "It's just nice to know you have people there to lift you up and carry you through it."

Classmates at Hennessey High School are with Bagshaw every step of her long, difficult journey.

"We had a day they all wore blue. I took a picture with them," said school principal Brady Barnes. "They've made bracelets for me, as well."

And, this town of about 2,000 is helping the family with staggering medical bills - silent auctions to pork dinners.

"In your darkest hour, you always have the community to depend on," Choate said. "It's our job as a community to come together and get some of those worries off of their shoulders."

Oklahomans stepping up in a time of desperation.

It's another shining example of the Oklahoma standard.

There is a fundraiser dinner and silent auction planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hennessey Cow Palace.

All proceeds will benefit Bagshaw.

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