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3 killed in wrecks on icy Oklahoma roads

Crashes on icy state roads killed three people today, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: January 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm •  Published: January 20, 2011

Three people died today in crashes on icy state roads, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

Michael Todd Buffham, 37, Elk City

Buffham died at the scene of a crash south of Cheyenne in Roger Mills County, troopers said.

He was driving a tractor-trailer south on U.S. 283 about 3:15 a.m. when he was slowing down because of a previous crash and lost control on the ice, the patrol reported. The rig veered off the road and rolled onto its top.

Buffham was not wearing a seat belt, troopers said.

Jerry Gagnon, 47, Overbrook

Gagnon died at the scene of a crash south of Ardmore in Carter County, the patrol reported.

He was driving a sport utility vehicle north on U.S. 77 about 7:40 a.m. when he lost control on the ice as he tried to pass two vehicles, troopers said. The SUV ran off the road, went into a slide, went into a ditch and rolled.

Gagnon was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the SUV, the patrol reported.

Jackie W. Bean, 70, Madill

Bean died after a crash west of Oakland in Marshall County, troopers said.

She was driving a pickup west on U.S. 70 about 8:20 a.m. when it slid on the ice and veered off the road, the patrol reported. The pickup rolled onto its side.

Bean died at a Madill hospital, troopers said. She was not wearing a seat belt.

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