Randy Mitchell Special Correspondent
The Ada News
A pickup driver was in critical condition after colliding with a semi Wednesday, one-tenth-of-a-mile from where a severe wreck occurred Tuesday, also involving a pickup and semi.
Billy Joe Perry, 68, was taken by Air Evac to an Oklahoma City hospital Wednesday in critical condition after the pickup he was driving collided with a semi at the intersection of state Highway 1 and Chickasaw Turnpike. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Tyler Jack said Perry was driving a Ford Ranger south on SH1 when he crashed into the driver’s-side rear wheels of a semi driven by Douglas Roger Lauderdale Jr, 36, of Dunnellon, Florida. Jack said Lauderdale had just turned north onto SH 1 from the Chickasaw Turnpike when the vehicles collided.
Firefighters from Ada, Fitzhugh and Roff used hydraullic prying and cutting tools to remove the roof of the pickup to free Perry. Once freed, Perry was loaded into a Mercy EMS ambulance and stabilized before he was flown to the hospital with head and other injuries.
Lauderdale was not injured. The wreck was similar to one that occurred just south of the turnpike Tuesday. The driver a semi involved in Tuesday’s two-vehicle wreck near Fitzhugh is being cited, troopers said.
The wreck occurred at 3:33 p.m. Tuesday on state Highway 1 just south of the Chickasaw Turnpike. OHP Trooper Brian Bagwell said 21-year-old Dakota Frazier was driving a 1996 Ford F350 pulling a gooseneck trailer south when he crashed into the back of a 2001 Freightliner semi driven by 40-year-old Marcus Lydele Simon of Dallas.
Bagwell said camera footage from a nearby gas station revealed Simon was on the shoulder backing up the semi when the trailer of the semi swung out into the southbound lane of traffic. Bagwell said the impact with the pickup is just out of view, but the rest of the semi is visible and can be seen being jarred and coming to an abrupt stop. The semi then moves forward, dragging the pickup behind it, Bagwell said. He said when the collision occurred, there was a vehicle driving north on SH 1, giving Frazier no place to take evasive action.
Simon told The Ada News Tuesday he was driving south on SH 1 when he missed his turn onto the turnpike. He said he was slowing down and pulling onto the shoulder when he was hit from behind. Bagwell said Simon is being cited for improper backing on a roadway.
The impact crushed the cab of the pickup against Frazier and pinned him in the wreckage. When first responders arrived, Frazier had his head turned sideways against the windshield, with only inches between his head and the back of the semi.
Firefighters from Ada, Fitzhugh and Roff used hydraulic prying and cutting tools to free Frazier. He was removed and taken by Mercy EMS to Mercy Hospital Ada with internal and leg injuries. He was then taken by Air Evac to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and admitted in critical but stable condition. On Wednesday, a spokesman for OU Medical Center said Frazier had been upgraded to good condition.