One killed in wrong-way crash near Atoka-Pittsburg Co. line

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KIOWA, Okla. -- One person was killed in an accident at the Pittsburg County and Atoka County line on Highway 69 Friday morning.

Trooper Jack Walker says the accidents likely happened around 3:15 a.m., and the call to OHP came in around 3:40 a.m.

The wreck happened when a pickup truck, believed to be a Dodge model, was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of the highway.

The pickup collided head-on with a semi, then rolled over and caught fire, killing the lone driver.

Two brothers, identified as Jeffrey and Timothy Sheffield of Florida, were taken to McAlester Regional Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries. They have since been released.

Investigators are still working to figure out who was driving this pickup truck, as the body was not immediately identifiable.

"The Highway Patrol and medical examiners are working hard to make identification of the body and hopefully we'll get that as quickly as we can and we'll be able to make notification to the family," Walker said.

Investigators are also looking into just what caused the driver to travel the wrong-way on the highway.

Hazmat crews were called to the scene, because the semi truck leaked a small amount of diesel onto the highway.

The accident did not create a traffic backup, but did close down the left southbound lane of Highway 69 for roughly 3 hours.

The road has since reopened.


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