ADA — A Pauls Valley couple was killed and an Atoka woman was injured Tuesday in a two-vehicle collision near Ada, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Alvin Virgil Jarman, 79, was driving a 1997 Buick Lesabre four-door east about a mile west of Ada on State Highway 3 Tuesday at about 4:40 p.m. in the outside lane when he crossed over and struck the driver’s side door of a 2005 GMC pickup — also heading east — driven by 64-year-old Larry Grant Brower, Atoka, the patrol said.

Both Alvin Jarman and his wife, 70-year-old Lois D. Jarman, of Pauls Valley, were dead at the scene with massive injuries, according to a state medical examiner.

Larry Brower was not injured, but a passenger in the pickup, 66-year-old Sara E. Brower, also from Atoka, was transported by Valley View Emergency Medical Service personnel to Valley View Regional Hospital in Ada, with trunk and leg injuries, according to the OHP accident report. A VVRH spokeswoman said Sara Brower was not admitted.

The patrol said Alvin Jarman was not wearing a seat belt, but the other three persons involved in the accident were.

ODP was assisted by Ada Fire Rescue squad members, Pickett firefighters and Pontotoc County Sheriff’s deputies.

There was at least a little good news about highway safety. Fatalities in Oklahoma have decreased for the last seven months when compared with 2005 numbers, according to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety statistics.

Officials said there have been 692 traffic deaths in Oklahoma in 2006, compared to 751 a year ago.

Public safety officials said 12 deaths have occurred in Pontotoc County so far in 2006, compared to nine fatalities in 2005. Among the 331 crashes reported in 2005, 158 resulted in injuries.

The deadliest years on Oklahoma highways were 1982, when 1,070 fatalities occurred, and 1981 when 1,004 died in traffic accidents. There were 17 killed on Pontotoc County roads in 1996 and 1998.

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