• Dennis McCaslin

LeFlore county accidents over weekend takes lives of Wister, Talihina men

Two LeFlore County men died overnight in separate crashes in Leflore and Latimer counties according to information released by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

A crash that happened shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday morning took the life of a 37-year-old Wister man on Long Lake Road at Ridge Road about two miles southwest of Poteau in Leflore County.

Police say a 2003 GMC pickup driven by Joseph Knight was traveling west in rural Leflore County when it exited the roadway to the left, rolled once and came to rest on its wheels, pinning the driver for an unknown amount of time.

Knight, who was wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene according to troopers. The crash is still under investigation.

The earlier crash occurred Saturday just after 11:30 p.m. in Latimer County when a pickup struck a tree.

A 2000 Chevy pickup was traveling south on Oklahoma 63A about 12 miles south of Red Oak when it left the roadway to the right, struck a tree and overturned, where it rested on its wheels, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The 44-year-old passenger, Martin James, of Talihina, was taken to McAlester Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead because of head injuries, troopers reported.

The 53-year-old driver, George James, also of Talihina, was taken to Saint Francis Hospital with head injuries that were not deemed critical, according to the OHP.

Both men were pinned for about 30 minutes and freed by the Talihina Fire Department, troopers said.

The smell of alcohol was detected on the driver, according to the OHP.