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Jeremy Wallace holds his daughter Nannola Wallace as he leads a stomp dance demonstration during the Chickasaw Festival at the Chickasaw Cultural Center near Sulphur Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.

Two Ada men were killed in a two-vehicle wreck early Monday morning on U.S. Highway 377, about four miles south of Bowlegs in Seminole County.

Connor Hicks was southbound on U.S. 377 at about 12:39 a.m. and went left of the center line, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. His 2015 Honda Fit collided head on with a 2013 Dodge crew-cab pickup truck driven by Jeremy Wallace, who was northbound on U.S. 377.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, and the airbags in both vehicles deployed, according to the Highway Patrol. Hicks was ejected about 37 feet from his vehicle, and Wallace was pinned before he was freed by the Bowlegs Fire Department using the Hurst tool.

Both men died at the scene due to massive injuries. They were both members of the Chickasaw Nation.

Hicks, 20, was a budding musician and an administrative aide for the Chickasaw Nation’s Department of Commerce. Wallace, 42, was an award-winning artist who made drums, flutes and blow-dart tubes.

Wallace worked as a Chickasaw cultural instructor and appeared in several billboards advertising the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur. He was also a member of the Chickasaw Dance Troupe.

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Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.