Texas man killed in Atoka Co. crash

A crash left destruction on Highway 69
A crash left destruction on Highway 69(KXII)
Published: Sep. 14, 2022 at 10:26 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2022 at 8:28 AM CDT
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ATOKA COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - A Texas man was killed in a three vehicle collision on US-69 in Atoka County Wednesday afternoon.

Oklahoma troopers said around 2:40 p.m. Jesus Zuniga, 35, of Cleveland, TX, was southbound in a pickup about 13 miles north of Stringtown when he crossed left of center, struck the cable barriers, went into the northbound lanes and collided with a semi truck, which went off the highway and overturned before another semi truck struck it.

His passenger, Jose Santillan-Hernandez, 30, of Houston was flown from the scene with serious injuries.

One truck driver was treated and released at the scene.

The other was taken to a hospital in McAlester with non life-threatening injuries.

The crash left the highway closed for much of the day Wednesday, but it has since reopened.

Troopers are still investigating what caused the driver to cross into oncoming traffic.