Four Die In Traffic Accidents Around Oklahoma

Monday, March 26th 2007, 6:23 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ At least four people died in traffic accidents across Oklahoma on Sunday, and another person died from injuries he received in an accident two days earlier, authorities said.

Michael K. Bradshaw, 56, died about 10 a.m. at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City of head and neck injuries he sustained when his car was involved in a collision on Interstate 35 near Goldsby, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

Bradshaw's Volvo was headed north on I-35 along with two other vehicles Friday night when a pickup truck swerved to avoid hitting Bradshaw's car and another vehicle as they slowed in the construction zone, troopers said.

The truck, driven by 20-year-old Cameron Irwin, overcorrected to the right and struck Bradshaw's vehicle, which then hit a third car. Irwin's truck hit the third car as well, then went into the center median, the patrol reported.

Bradshaw, who was pinned in the wreckage for about 25 minutes, sustained head and neck injuries and was in critical condition. Two passengers in his car were treated at Norman Regional Hospital and released.

A third passenger in Bradshaw's car, Irwin and the occupants of the third vehicle weren't hurt.

In another I-35 accident, a 22-year-old Waco, Texas, woman was killed when her car rolled after she tried to avoid a collision.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Alaina Fudge's vehicle was headed south on I-35 when she took evasive action to avoid striking a semi. Fudge overcorrected and the vehicle rolled twice, partially ejecting her, the patrol said.

A passenger, 17-year-old Rebbeca Hearn of Woodway, Texas, was flown by medical helicopter to Norman Regional Hospital, where she was admitted in stable condition.

Troopers say Fudge wasn't wearing a seat belt.

In another accident near Moffett, a Prairie Grove, Ark., man died when he was thrown from his motorbike at a park off U.S. Highway 64, the highway patrol said.

Justin K. Sisco, 20, went into cardiac arrest and died at an Arkansas hospital about 6:25 p.m., the patrol said.

Troopers believe Sisco was riding the bike on a racetrack, ramped a hill and lost control. The bike struck the ground, throwing Sisco about 29 feet, troopers said.

Earlier Sunday, Matthew Brian Walters, 29, was killed after being thrown from his pickup truck during an accident on a rural Ottawa County road, troopers said.

Walters, of Miami, was driving on the road about 2:30 a.m. near Commerce when he missed a 90-degree curve, ran off the road and through a metal fence before striking a tree, troopers said. Walters was thrown about 37 feet from the wreckage and died at the scene, the patrol said.

Near Copan, a Kansas man was killed when his motorcycle overturned on Oklahoma Highway 10, the patrol said.

Clark E. Niday was pronounced dead of a broken neck at the scene of the 12:40 p.m. accident in Washington County.

Niday was headed west on the highway when he failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the road, troopers said. The motorcycle overturned onto its side before sliding 78 feet.

The patrol says Niday was wearing a helmet.

In Beckham County in western Oklahoma, a Spencer man died when he fell out of the back of a pickup truck on Interstate 40, troopers said.

Kelly Wayne Payne, 23, died at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Elk City after sustaining head, internal and leg injuries in the 11:44 a.m. accident.

Payne was riding on the rails in the bed of the westbound truck when he lost his grip and was struck by the truck's rear tires, the patrol said.

The other occupants of the truck weren't hurt.