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December 28, 2009

One killed, three injured in snow, ice wrecks

Seminole County — Blizzard-like conditions and icy roads caused many wrecks, both fatality and injury, across Oklahoma. Locally, one person was killed in Seminole County and three were injured in Pittsburg County.

Christopher Johnson, 37, Seminole, was killed four miles north of Seminole on State Highway 3 on Christmas Eve, just after 5 p.m.

According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Brad Stuteville, Johnson was outside of a stalled vehicle. James Murray, 47, Stratford, was driving south in a Chevrolet pickup.

Stuteville reported Murray ran off the right side of the road and into the stalled vehicle. The stalled car hit Johnson.

Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene due to massive injuries. Stuteville said the weather was ice and snow.

In Pittsburg County, three people were injured in a wreck Wednesday at 10:40 p.m.

Galen Clunn, 44, of Hartshorne, Brett Wood, 19 and Cheyenne Wood, 12, both of Stuart were in a wreck on US 270 at Bache, OHP Trooper Dennis Splawn said in his report.

Clunn and Brett Wood were both driving east on the highway. Brett Wood had slowed to make a left turn and was hit from behind by Clunn, Splawn said.

Clunn was taken to McAlester Regional Health Center with internal injuries. Brett Wood was treated and released from the Health Center. Cheyenne Wood was admitted with head injuries.

Oklahoma Department of Trasportation said crews continue to work around the clock to clear highways and report progress in clearing lanes in the central and eastern portions of the state.

However, a thick layer of ice remains in some areas and drivers are urged to use caution.

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