OTTAWA COUNTY - A Grove man died of massive injuries Sunday after his vehicle departed the edge of State Highway 10 over a cliff where the under replacement Spring River Overflow once stood, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
The smaller of two Spring River bridges located approximately 4 miles east of Miami in Ottawa County has been removed as a part of a scheduled replacement after both bridges were designated as “structurally deficient,” by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT). Work commenced on the project in mid-November with the overflow having already been removed ahead of Sunday's accident and demolition of the main Spring River Bridge set to start this week.
The collision was reported just before 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Ricky Joe West II, age 28, of Grove, was pronounced dead at the scene due to massive injuries by Integris EMS, according to the OHP report investigated by Trooper Will Langley, of the Ottawa County detachment of Troop L.
The report states West was driving a 2016 Nissan Sentra eastbound on SH-10 when his vehicle bypassed several signs and barriers traveling off the edge of the roadway where the smaller bridge has been removed.
The vehicle traveled airborne for an unknown distance before landing on its top and West was pinned for an undetermined amount of time, according to the report.
A seatbelt was not in use and airbags did deploy.
Road conditions are listed as dry and weather as clear.
The condition of the driver and cause of the fatal collision are listed as under investigation.
Langley was assisted by Lt. Brian McSlarrow of Troop L, Trooper Derek Humphrey, of the Mayes County detachment of Troop L, Wyandotte Fire Department, and Integris EMS.
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