Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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October 9, 2013

Cause of area wreck still not known

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — Authorities are still unsure what caused a vehicle to go off a highway as it was coming into Pauls Valley over the weekend.

The result was some serious injuries for the Purcell man driving the vehicle.

Robert Don Lemons, 51, was alone while driving a 2005 Kia Sedona van southbound on U.S. Highway 77.

A preliminary report released by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol shows the van went off the left side of the roadway at a site about a half-mile north of Pauls Valley. The listed time was 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

The vehicle then struck a sand river embankment as it rolled 1 1/4 times before coming to rest on the driver’s side.

Lemons, who was reported to not be wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident, was pinned in the vehicle for about 11 hours before he was freed by Pauls Valley fire and rescue crews.

He was airlifted from the scene and taken to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Lemons was admitted in serious condition with head, trunk internal and leg injuries.

Troopers investigating the accident reported early on it remains unknown what condition Lemons was in during the time leading up to the accident.

Also still unknown is the official cause of the accident.

Others assisting OHP Trooper Jay Clary of the Murray County Detachment at the scene were Pauls Valley police and E.M.S. and Garvin County deputies.

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