Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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April 8, 2014

Deadly wreck still has questions

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — Authorities are still not sure why the vehicle driven by a Pauls Valley man went across a roadway’s center line resulting in an accident and his death.

Killed in a two-vehicle accident over the weekend was 59-year-old John Blakeway.

Blakeway died at the accident scene from massive injuries, stated a report released by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The OHP report shows Blakeway was alone while driving a four-door 2005 Chevrolet in Pittsburg County, located a few counties to the east of Garvin County in a southeastern section of Oklahoma.

Blakeway’s vehicle was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 270 when the accident occurred on a two-lane road described by troopers as wet from some rain.

At a listed time of 5:11 p.m. Sunday, April 6 the vehicle is reported to have gone left of the road’s center line.

There it struck a second vehicle, a 2011 Chevrolet driven by Janice Bailey, 47, of nearby McAlester at a site just west of Buffalo Road.

Blakeway was pinned in the vehicle for about an hour before he was extricated by Haywood firefighters.

After the collision Bailey was taken by McAlester fire and E.M.S. officials to McAlester Regional Medical Center.

She was initially listed in stable condition with head and trunk internal injuries.

Troopers at the scene reported Blakeway was not wearing seat belts at the time of the deadly crash.

OHP Trooper Daniel Hackler of Pittsburg County was listed as the lead investigator in the accident. He was assisted by other troopers at the scene.

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