At least five are dead in Oklahoma after Wednesday accidents

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports five people died in Wednesday morning crashes on state highways.
FROM STAFF REPORT Modified: May 15, 2013 at 8:51 pm •  Published: May 15, 2013
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Unidentified driver, of Brampton, Ontario

The driver of a tractor-trailer died in a crash on Interstate 40 in Caddo County. The driver's name has not been released pending identification by the state medical examiner.

The driver was westbound on I-40 about 4:45 a.m. Wednesday when the rig went off the highway for an unknown reason and hit a guardrail and concrete barrier. The tractor-trailer overturned. The driver was dead at the scene of massive injuries. The driver was not wearing a seat belt.

Mammie Bennight, 76, of Stringtown

About 3:50 p.m. Wednesday, Bennight was driving north on U.S. 75, about a mile south of Lehigh in Coal County, when she attempted to pass another vehicle and struck head-on by a southbound sport utility vehicle, according to a patrol report.

Bennight died at the scene, and the driver of the SUV was stabilized at a hospital, troopers said.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

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