Deer causes fatal crash in Atoka

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ATOKA, Okla. (KXII) - Two people are dead after a collision in Atoka County early Friday morning.

Troopers say the crash occurred around 3:45 a.m. on State Highway 7 by Car Penn Rd.

They say 45-year-old Scott Miller was driving westbound when he struck a deer in the roadway and crossed the center line, crashing into a pickup truck driven by 59-year-old Delbert Byles.

The two drivers were pinned for 30 minutes. Officials say Byles was pronounced dead at the scene. Miller was taken to Atoka County Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

"For a car-deer collision to result in a head on collision that ultimately causes both drivers to pass is extremely rare. I haven't seen it in my career," said Lt. Scott Hampton with Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Lt. Hampton says both drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.

They don't suspect alcohol or drugs played a role but the Medical Examiner will do a toxicology report.

The crash is still under investigation.