At least five are dead in Oklahoma after Wednesday accidents

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports five people died in Wednesday morning crashes on state highways.
FROM STAFF REPORT Modified: May 15, 2013 at 8:51 pm •  Published: May 15, 2013
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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports five people died after Wednesday morning crashes on state highways.

Clarence Hardzog Jr., 72, of Elgin

About 10:20 a.m., Hardzog was driving north on State Highway 58, about four miles north of Fort Sill, when an eastbound van failed to yield at a stop sign from a Comanche County road and struck Hardzog's pickup on the left rear tire, according to a patrol report.

The pickup left the road and rolled several times, ejecting Hardzog, who died at the scene. The driver of the van, Sue J. Sahmaunt, 80, of Lawton, was treated and released from a hospital, according to the report.

Hardzog was not wearing a seat belt.

Ty Lowe, 49, of Holdenville

John Gilbert, 34, of Holdenville

Lowe and Gilbert died in a collision about 7 a.m. Wednesday on U.S. 270 near Wewoka in Seminole County.

Lowe was driving west on U.S. 270 about a mile east of State Highway 56 and Gilbert was driving east when Gilbert went left of center. Lowe tried to avoid the collision and went off the roadway but the pickups collided. Seat belts were in use.

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