A recent head-on collision claimed the life of a Miami man and the driver of the other involved vehicle.
HEAVENER – A 25-year-old Miami man, Walter Alexander Fanning, lost his life in a head-on collision in Heavener. The driver of the other vehicle, Don Mayes, 50, of Gore, also died in the crash.
According to the report from Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Fernando Cardenas, on June 14 at 11:52 a.m. a 2000 Chevy pickup driven by Mayes was northbound on US Highway 59 and Fanning was driving a 2007 Chevy pickup southbound on US Highway 59.
Mayes went left of center, for an unknown reason, and struck Fanning head on.
Both men were pronounced dead at the scene from injuries they sustained in the collision.
The Poteau Daily News reported OHP Lt. Eddie Bohanan said at the scene, “ In my 27 years on the force, this is one of the top five worst collisions I've seen.”
OHP reports both vehicles were equipped with seat belts and Mayes' was in use. Airbags deployed in both vehicles.
OHP lists the weather conditions as clear and dry and the roadway as two-lane undivided asphalt.
OHP Troop D Trooper Cardenas investigated the collision with assistance from and Trooper Wes Odom, the Heavener Police Department, the Howe Police Department and the Leflore County Sheriff's Office.
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