BRYAN COUNTY, OK -- The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has released the identities of three of the four people killed in a head-on collision Sunday afternoon in Bryan County.
OHP Trooper Steve Nabors says the two-vehicle crash that left four people dead and a child hospitalized happened right in front of him, but he couldn't move fast enough to stop it.
"Seeing a violation occur but unable to get to it quick enough, so something like this doesn't happen, that's what's disheartening right there," said Nabors.
According to the preliminary report, he was patrolling Highway 70 when he saw a truck driven by 47-year-old Richard Ardrey of Colbert driving in the wrong lane towards oncoming traffic. Before he could pull the truck over, it collided head-on with a pickup driven by 40-year-old Leonard Wiley Fly II of Yukon just east of the Roosevelt Bridge over Lake Texoma.
OHP says Ardrey and his passenger, 37-year-old Matthew Kraemer of Colbert, were killed in the crash. They say Fly and a 14-year-old passenger were also killed in the crash. A 13-year-old boy in Fly's truck was taken to a hospital in Dallas where he is listed in good condition.
Troopers are investigating why that vehicle was driving in the wrong lane.
"We're trying to work as quickly as we can, but we don't want to disturb any evidence that we have at the scene. We've got vehicle parts scattered everywhere that's going to have to be cleaned up," said Nabors.
Nabors says he's been in law enforcement for 35 years, and this is one of the worst accidents he's seen.
"I mean when you see a incident like this occur right in front of you, it's just kind of unbelievable."
He also cautions drivers to always be alert.
"Here, you had me within a quarter of a mile, watching this in a marked highway patrol car. I think it just goes to show crashes can occur anytime, anywhere."