Fiery crash in Bethany leads to man's arrest

Wesley Early, 28, was arrested on a complaint of manslaughter after a fiery wreck that killed one man Tuesday afternoon in Bethany, police said.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: July 9, 2014 at 6:32 pm •  Published: July 9, 2014

— An Oklahoma City man was arrested on a complaint of manslaughter after a fiery crash that killed another man Tuesday.

Bethany police and fire crews responded to the wreck about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday that involved a pickup, a U-Haul truck and three other vehicles near NW 28 and N Rockwell Avenue, Bethany police Deputy Chief John Reid said.

The crash ignited a gas line near a neighborhood, causing a fire that engulfed the pickup and parts of the U-Haul truck. A man trapped in the pickup died at the scene, police said.

While investigating the collision, police determined Wesley Early, a driver of one of the vehicles involved, may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Early, 28, was arrested on a complaint of manslaughter. He was booked into Oklahoma County jail where he remained Wednesday on $10,000 bail.

It took Bethany firefighters about an hour to extinguish the gas line fire. The house nearest to the fire was vacant and was not damaged.

Oklahoma Natural Gas workers turned off the gas line after the fire was put out, and paramedics examined one person involved in the accident. No one was taken to the hospital, Reid said.

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