Three die in Grand Lake after car careens off bluff

Officials say the driver of a vehicle that ended up in Grand Lake in Oklahoma failed to negotiate a curve. One body was pulled from the lake about 5:30 p.m.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Modified: November 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm •  Published: November 22, 2013
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— Three men died after a vehicle careened 60 feet down the slick rocky side of a Grand Lake bluff and plunged into frigid lake waters, authorities said Friday.

The body of Michael John McKinney, 24, of Brookings, Ore, was pulled from the water about 5 p.m. Friday.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Eric Gibe didn't identify the victim other than “a young male.”

Gibe said there were two other men in the submerged grayish-silver colored SUV-type vehicle.

Recovery efforts will resume Saturday at daybreak.

Authorities think the driver failed to navigate a curve on South 630 Road in an area known as Blue Bluff and the vehicle plummeted into 50 feet of water.

“A front wheel was recovered,” Gibe said referring to debris found on the shoreline.

Gibe said the exact time of the accident is unknown, authorities suspect the accident happened in the middle of the night.

Natalie Saggert, assistant manager of Lee's Resort, was on her way to work between 7:30 and 8 a.m. when she noticed the guardrail had been hit.


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