Vehicle accidents kill three on Oklahoma roads

Oklahoman Published: April 27, 2010
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vehicle accidents kill three on oklahoma roads

Three deaths were reported by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol on Monday.

Bruce Bensch, 56, Chester

Bensch, 56, was driving a pickup on U.S. 183 north of Putman when it veered left of center and collided head-on with another pickup about 3:10 p.m. Sunday, the patrol said. The driver of the other

pickup and a passenger were treated at a Seiling hospital and released, the patrol said. The other pickup’s passenger was wearing a seat belt, but the driver was not. Troopers didn’t know whether Bensch was wearing one.

Sydney Rodriguez, 19, Wellington, Texas

Rodriguez was driving a pickup south on State Highway 5 seven miles south of Gould when the tread separated from her left rear tire, causing the pickup to go out of control. Rodriguez was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the pickup, which then rolled over her, the patrol said. passenger, Chad Southerland, 22, of Wellington, Texas, was flown to Comanche County Memorial Hospital but refused treatment, the patrol said. He also was not wearing a seat belt.

Jason West, 34,

Cherokee

West was driving east on U.S. 64 at Alva when his pickup crossed into the other lane and hit a tractor-trailer rig driven by Scott Zwick, 50, of Lyons, Kan., about 1:30 a.m. Monday, troopers said. West died at the scene, troopers said. Zwick was treated and released from an Alva hospital. Zwick and West were

wearing seat belts, troopers said.

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