Bystanders rushed in to help in Roosevelt Bridge fatal crash

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BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) -- A crash that happened on the Roosevelt Bridge that killed a Durant man is still under investigation by Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The Roosevelt Bridge is one way to connect travelers between Bryan and Marshal County. Drivers News 12 spoke with said they're not surprised to hear another accident has happened due to the heavy flow of traffic on this route.

"It's become a common occurrence which makes it even scarier," said Christine Couts.

This Kingston woman saw traffic backed up for hours Saturday afternoon following this fatal crash, taking the life of 38 year-old Jeremy Alexander, who troopers said is a former Southeastern Oklahoma State University police officer.

Troopers said a Jeep Wrangler tried to pass a Ford F-250 on the right shoulder, but instead hit the pickup. It then swerved into oncoming traffic, hitting the box truck Alexander was driving.

We spoke over the phone with a man who saw it all.

"I saw the Jeep pull out from behind the truck and onto the right shoulder," said witness Roger Grant over the phone.

Grant said he and a few bystanders rushed in to help and pulled out a passenger in the box truck which had caught on fire. Grant ran to grab an extinguisher from a nearby semi. After putting out the flames, he stood by Alexander who was trapped in the wreckage.

"Trying to figure if we could get him out but he was smashed in there so bad we couldn't get him out," Grant said. "And I called 911 and told him they needed to hurry."

Alexander died at the scene. The driver of the Jeep suffered arm injuries.

Locals said the wreck could've been avoided if people slowed down on the narrow route.

"Some of the people on the bridge drive pretty fast sometimes," said one Kingston woman.

"Just pay attention," Couts said. "Pay attention, that's the biggest thing."

Troopers said so far no charges have been filed and they're still looking into this crash.



 
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