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One dead, several injured in Bryan County accident


BENNINGTON, Okla. — One man was killed and several others were injured in when a car struck two other cars Monday evening in Bryan County, Okla.

At about 7 p.m., a 1999 Toyota was headed westbound on U.S. Highway 70 in the town limits of Bennington, according to a written release from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The Toyota went left of center in the road, striking a 2011 Ford in its front, driver’s side. The Ford ran off the road and came to rest in the ditch on the north side of the road.

The Toyota then struck a 2006 Chrysler in its front driver’s side. The Chrysler ran off the road and came to rest in the ditch on the south side of U.S. Highway 70. The Toyota went off the road on the south side and overturned an unknown number of times. This ejected the driver about 80 feet.

The driver of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene. He has been identified as Paul Howell, 36, of Caddo, Okla. Investigators determined that Howell had not been wearing a seat belt. A 19-year-old male passenger of Howell’s car was taken to the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma with an arm injury, and is in stable condition. A 15-year-old passenger, also of Caddo, was flown to Plano Medical Center with leg injuries. He is also in stable condition.

The driver of the Ford, a 22-year-old woman of Hugo, sustained a possible trunk internal injury but refused treatment at the scene. A passenger, who was a 27-year-old man also of Hugo, was uninjured.

The driver of the Chrysler was a 17-year-old girl from Hugo. She was taken in stable condition to the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma with neck and trunk internal injuries.

The accident is currently under investigation, said the OHP.

 

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