Semi trucks collide in Atoka Co., killing 1

ATOKA COUNTY, OK -- Dozens of Atoka County residents are being allowed back into their homes after a propane tanker and semi collided Thursday afternoon.

"We had one vehicle that went left of center on a two lane, no-shoulder road which resulted in two semis hitting head on," said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lieutenant Scott Hampton.

Hampton says a semi driven by Alfonso Medina was headed east on StateHighway 3 when for some reason it crossed the center line and ran off the road.

The driver of the westbound propane tanker, 62-year-old Mitchell Douglass Gee, swerved to try to miss the semi but they hit head on, killing Gee.

The propane tanker rolled, so Lane Fire Chief, Kevin Feurhelm says hazmat crews were called and evacuations ordered.

"Just as a precautionary measure, we had a mile area evacuation," Feurhelm said. "There were 11 homes that were evacuated and told to stay away."

Hampton says traffic along the highway was re-routed as crews cleared the scene and an LP gas inspector confirmed the propane tank was not leaking.

"The tank is fine. It's still sitting there, it's not ruptured and it's intact," Hampton said. "It's a safe setting there as if it was sitting on it's axles."

Officials are still investigating what caused Medina to go left of center.

He was taken by ambulance to Atoka Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The evacuation order has been lifted.


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