Two people died and two were injured on central Oklahoma roads Tuesday.
An Oklahoma City man died in a crash in Pottowatomie County just before 4:30 p.m., according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Tyson Wright. Wright said the wreck occurred as a motorist was attempting to enter Interstate 40.
The motorist, Virgil Hembree, 64, was driving a 1998 GMC Yukon west when, for unknown reasons, he ran off the road to the left.
“(Hembree) overcorrected, and went back right, striking a guardrail, causing the vehicle to roll at least two times before coming to rest on the guardrail,” Wright said.
Hembree was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene from massive injuries. Wright said he was not wearing a seat belt.
Another fatality wreck occurred on State Highway 3E just west of Seminole at 4:37 p.m. OHP Trooper Justin Miller said Ronald Rogers III, 20, McCloud, was driving a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup east on SH 3 when he ran off the road to the left. He reentered the roadway driving east in the westbound lane and slammed head-on into a 1992 Nissan Maxima driven by Vincent Haney, 47, Seminole.
Miller said Haney died at the scene from “massive trauma.”
Rogers was taken to a local hospital and treated for internal injuries and released. The crash is under investigation.
A Pauls Valley man was injured in a single-vehicle wreck at 11:37 a.m. OHP Trooper Kevin Crawford said the wreck occurred on Seven Mile Road one-half mile north of Paul Road. Jackie Leroy Brown Jr., 40, was driving a 2001 Mack semi south on Seven Mile Road when he passed out for an unknown medical reason.
“(Brown) partially drove off the side of a wooden bridge, continued southbound, struck a tree, then struck a fence,” Crawford said. “He was partially ejected through the driver’s-side window.”
Brown was taken by Air Evac to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and admitted in good condition with head, trunk internal and leg injuries.