By Randy Mitchell

City Editor

SEMINOLE — Two men were injured in a wreck involving an Ada man Tuesday.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Daniel Martin said the wreck occurred on U.S. 270 three miles west of Seminole at 9:18 a.m.

Lester M. Gunter, 68, Seminole, was driving a 1997 Ford van east on 270 when he was hit from behind by a 1999 Ford pickup driven by David W. Walker, 30, Ada.

“(Walker’s) vehicle approached (Gunter’s) vehicle at a speed greater than (Gunter) was traveling,” Martin said. “After the impact both vehicles traveled 165 feet.”

Gunter’s vehicle was pushed off the road and continued another 500 feet prior to going off a steep embankment and into a creek. Gunter and a passenger, Jim R. Ferrell, 67, Moore, were pinned in the wreckage, Martin said.

After being freed, Gunter was taken by Life Net to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and admitted in critical condition with trunk internal and external injuries.

Ferrell was taken to Unity Hospital in Shawnee and admitted in serious condition also with trunk internal and external injuries. Martin said Walker refused treatment for a head injury and listed the  cause of the crash as driver inattention.