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Improper U-turn on I-44 leads to fatal crash Monday in Oklahoma

A man died in a collision on Interstate 44 Monday night, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports. The man was driving a pickup when he made an improper U-turn and was struck by an SUV.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: January 7, 2014 at 10:11 pm •  Published: January 7, 2014

— A 43-year-old Oklahoma City man was killed in a collision in McClain County on Interstate 44 while trying to make an improper U-turn, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.

The man's name has been withheld pending notification of relatives, the patrol reports.

The fatal collision occurred about 10:10 p.m. Monday in the westbound lanes of the interstate at mile marker 104.

The man, who was driving a pickup, was dead at the scene. A passenger in the pickup, a 28-year-old woman of Oklahoma City, was taken by helicopter to OU Medical Center where she was admitted in critical condition with head, arm, internal, external trunk and leg injuries.

The man had tried to make a U-turn and was struck by a sport utility vehicle driven west on the interstate, the patrol reports. Seat belts were not in use in the pickup. It is not known if the occupants of the SUV were wearing seat belts. Troopers were told by witnesses at the scene three people were seen running away from the crash site.


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