Driver identified in fiery fatal Kingston rollover crash

KINGSTON, Okla. (KXII) - A fiery scene and huge black plume of smoke filled the air in Kingston Saturday around 3 p.m. following a rollover wreck on U.S. 70 in front of the Texoma Casino.

"I saw the picture on Facebook, it's horrible, and the man did not make it," said local Jerrie Easley.

Kingston police said Scottie Roper of Marietta was heading east on U.S. 70 in a tanker truck carrying 7000 gallons of fuel, when he approached a car trying to turn left. He swerved and rolled into a ditch. The truck exploded and burst into flames-- killing Roper.

"They need to do something with the road by the casino," Easley said.

Easley has lived in her Kingston home for nearly three decades. She said something has to change in that dangerous stretch of roadway.

"I'm not an expert, but I would say either put a turn lane there or close the east entrance down," Easley said.

The Kingston fire chief agrees. He said the city, along with ODOT, has already been trying to reduce the speed limit after another fiery semi rollover just a few months ago in the same area.

Easley says she's always extra cautious crossing the intersection.

"My husband slows down way slow when he's driving, he knows what's gonna happen," Easley said.

Hazmat crews are out clearing the gasoline-soaked soil. The fire chief said it could take weeks--even months--until the cleanup is done.

Easley offers some advice for drivers.

"Slow down both ways and take special caution of those out-coming roads in the casino," Easley said.

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