Sapulpa Man, 75, Killed In Head-On Crash On Highway 33


Sunday, December 8th 2013, 11:06 am
By: News On 6


A 75-year-old Sapulpa man has died after a head-on collision on State Highway 33 just west of Sapulpa on Sunday morning.

The collision was reported at about 9:20 a.m. A white pickup, driven by William Walkup, and a black Jeep Wrangler, driven by Michael Scalf, 42, of Bixby, collided near the John Christner Trucking facility, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Walkup was pronounced dead at the scene.

OHP's collision report indicates that Walkup was westbound when he spun out, went left of center and was struck by the Jeep.

Scalf was taken to the hospital with trunk, upper and lower limb injuries and he is said to be stable.

Neither driver was transporting passengers.

The area received additional winter precipitation overnight with snow continuing to fall at the time of the wreck.

"We do believe the weather was involved in this deal," said Trooper Shiloh Hall, Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Hall said roadways were refreezing faster than sand trucks could treat them.

"Just because roadways look clear doesn't mean they're safe to drive maximum speed," he said.

"We need to slow down as much as possible," he said. "I probably recommend 35 miles an hour is about as fast as we need to go out here."

Sapulpa police and fire departments also worked the fatality wreck.

Walkup was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, OHP said.