OKEMAH — An Okfuskee County sheriff's deputy died Wednesday when his cruiser ran off Interstate 40 while he was responding to a request for assistance from an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper, authorities said.
The deputy, whose name was not immediately released, was on his way to help a trooper attempting to arrest a possible drunken driver around 4:30 p.m., patrol Capt. George Brown said.
The deputy's cruiser ran off the road, hit a cable barrier and flipped onto its roof. The deputy was thrown from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Troopers are investigating the wreck and will release more information when the trooper's family is notified of his death.
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