One person died in a single-vehicle wreck in Hughes County Thursday night.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper David Brown said the wreck occurred on State Highway 9 one-mile east of Wetumka at 7:25 p.m. Mary Harjo, 63, Holdenville, was driving a 1996 Mercury east when she lost control.

“The vehicle went into a broad slide, ran off the right side of the roadway, down an embankment and into a ditch,” Brown said. “The vehicle overturned one-half time coming to rest on its top.”

A passenger in the vehicle, 54-year-old Joe Bear of Dustin, was thrown from the vehicle and then pinned underneath it for 25 minutes until being freed by Wetumka firefighters.

Bear was taken by Hughes County EMS to Holdenville General Hospital. He was pronounced dead on arrival from “massive injuries sustained in the wreck,” Brown said.

Mary Harjo and a passenger, 47-year-old Samuel Harjo of Okemah, were not injured. Brown said Mary Harjo and Samuel Harjo were wearing seat belts but Bear was not. He listed Mary Harjo’s condition as normal and said the cause of the wreck is unknown.

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