SHAWNEE — Three Ada residents were killed Tuesday morning when the car in which they were riding was hit head-on north of Asher on U.S. 177.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the accident occurred about 7:50 a.m., two miles north of Asher.

Pronounced dead at the scene were Albert James Jr., 56, the driver of the vehicle, Ramana James, 59, and Dorothy Baken, 54, all of Ada, the OHP said.

All three were in a northbound Mazda Protege that was struck by a southbound 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Jamie Sigman-Seay, 26, of Luther, trooper said.

The accident occurred as Sigman-Seay, attempting to pass two pickups and a semi-truck, met head-on the northbound Mazda Protege.

Albert James Jr. and his passengers were pronounced dead at the scene of massive trauma.

Troopers said Ramana James was pinned in the wreckage about 45 minutes before being freed by Asher firefighters using the Hurst tool.

Sigman-Seay was treated at the scene for minor injuries, the OHP said.

Cause of the accident was listed as left of center/passing. Seatbelts were in use by everyone except Baken, the patrol reported.

Troopers Kevin Logan and Troy Thompson investigated the accident. They were assisted by two other troopers, Asher fire and police departments, the Pottawatomie County sheriff's office and REACT EMS.