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April 8, 2014

1 killed, several injured in weekend wrecks

Ada — One man was killed and several others were injured in area wrecks over the weekend.

On Sunday, Pauls Valley resident John Blakeway, 59, was killed in a two-vehicle wreck at 5:11 p.m. in Pittsburg County. According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Daniel Hackler, Blakeway was driving a 2005 Chevrolet west on U.S. 270 when he crossed the center line just west of Buffalo Road and slammed into a 2011 Chevrolet driven east by 47-year-old Janice Bailey of McAlester.

Blakeway was pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries. Bailey was taken by McAlester Fire/EMS to McAlester Regional Hospital and admitted with head and trunk internal injuries. She was listed as stable. Hackler said Blakeway was not wearing a seat belt.

OHP is saying alcohol use was a factor in two weekend wrecks which left two area men injured. The first wreck occurred at 11:52 p.m. Saturday in Johnston County 1.8 miles north of Milburn at 11:52 p.m. OHP captain Ronnie Hampton said 42-year-old Tracy Scott Brown of Wapanucka was driving a 2005 Ford pickup north on state Highway 48 when he ran off the road and slammed into a tree. Brown was taken by Eagle Med to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and admitted with leg injuries. He was listed as stable.

Hampton said Brown was not wearing a seat belt and, based on his investigation, he said Brown’s ability was impaired by drinking alcohol.

OHP trooper Destry Richardson said 35-year-old Sulphur resident Michael C. Simpson’s ability was impaired by alcohol use when he wrecked Sunday. The wreck occurred at 3:07 a.m. on a county road just south of Davis.

Richardson said Simpson was driving a 2007 Nissan Titan east on a county road when he ran off the road to the left and traveled through two fences before hitting a tree and then through another  before hitting an electrical substation transformer. Simpson was taken by Murray County EMS to Mercy Hospital in Ardmore and admitted with trunk internal and trunk external injuries.

He is listed as stable. Richardson said it is unknown if Simpson was wearing a seat belt.

Four people were injured in a two-vehicle wreck in Seminole County two miles north of Pontotoc County Sunday. The wreck occurred on U.S. 377 just after 2 p.m. Names were not available by press time,  however Konawa police officer Debra Strain said a man driving north on U.S. 377 crossed the center line, which caused the driver of a southbound Cadillac SUV to take evasive action. The driver ran off the road to the left.

The SUV struck a culvert and went airborn, causing the vehicle to roll two times. The driver and three passengers were taken by Mercy and Seminole County EMS to Mercy Hospital Ada to be treated for non life-threatening injuries.

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