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Three killed in Oklahoma wrecks

Three people died today and Tuesday in crashes on state roads, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: January 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm •  Published: January 19, 2011

Wrecks on state roads killed three people today and Tuesday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

Rayfield F. Smiley, 93, Oklahoma City

Smiley died early today at the scene of a crash on Interstate 40 in Clinton in Custer County, troopers said.

His car was stopped in the outside eastbound lane of the interstate about 12:35 a.m. when a tractor-trailer rig slammed into it, the patrol reported. The rig's driver was not hurt.

Smiley was not wearing a seat belt, but the rig's driver was, troopers said.

Orlen Leach, 73, Chelsea

Leach died this morning of a possible medical issue after a crash southeast of Bushyhead in Rogers County, the patrol reported.

He was driving a pickup west on a county road when he suffered the apparent medical issue, troopers said. The pickup veered off the road and hit a tree.

Leach died at a Claremore hospital, the patrol reported. He was wearing a seat belt.

Donald Jay Young, 64, Eucha

Young died Tuesday after a crash west of Jay in Delaware County, troopers said.

He was driving a van on State Highway 20 about 2 p.m. when an oncoming pickup veered off the road, came back onto the highway and drifted left of center, the patrol reported. The vehicles collided head-on.

Young died at a Grove hospital, troopers said. The pickup driver, Stewart Gregory Whisman, 42, of Salina, was flown to a Tulsa hospital in critical condition.

The men were not wearing seat belts, the patrol reported. has disabled the comments for this article.