Two Oklahoma men are dead and another was severely burned after separate accidents on U.S. 64 Friday and Saturday, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
William Cole Taylor, 29, Laverne
Taylor died after his 1996 Dodge pickup collided with a semi in Harper County around 4:30 p.m. Friday, according to the patrol.
Taylor was driving eastbound on U.S. 64 when he struck a diesel tank on the semi, driven by Earl Bedell, 61, also of Laverne. Bedell was driving westbound on the highway, about seven miles north of Laverne, and was turning left onto U.S. 283 when the accident occurred, according to the patrol.
The impact caused both vehicles to catch fire, and Taylor was pinned beneath his pickup for nearly two hours, according to the patrol.
Bedell was treated and released at a local hospital. A passenger in the pickup — 44-year-old Mark Andrew Raymond of Woodward — was medi-flighted to OU Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition with severe burns to his face and other injuries.
Earnest Dale Sissom, 65, Cleveland
Sissom died of head injuries Saturday morning at the scene of a one-vehicle accident on U.S. 64, five miles south of Cleveland in Pawnee County, according to the patrol.
Sissom was behind the wheel of a 1999 Ford Explorer headed eastbound on the highway when he ran off the roadway and hit a driveway embankment, according to the patrol. The vehicle was airborne for about 142 feet, then rolled multiple times another 181 feet before coming to a rest on its wheels, according to an accident report.
The accident is still under investigation.