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October 7, 2013

Tragedy comes from blown tire

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — A Wynnewood woman was tragically killed this week when a blown tire sent the vehicle she was driving off an area roadway.

State troopers concluded the tire is what caused the vehicle driven by 23-year-old Brittney Lai to overturn on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Lai was alone while driving a 2002 Chevrolet.

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol report released a few hours later shows Lai’s car was traveling northbound on Interstate 35 through the Arbuckle Mountains region.

At a listed time of 12:33 p.m. a tire blow-out caused Lai to lose control of the vehicle as it went off the roadway to the east side overturning several times.

It is then reported to have come to rest on its passenger side as Lai, who wasn’t believed to have been wearing seatbelts at the time, was ejected about 16 feet from the car’s point of impact.

The OHP report shows the wreck occurred at the 50 mile marker, which is located in neighboring Murray County just south of the Turner Falls exit and about 5 miles from the Davis-Sulphur exit on the interstate.

Lai was later taken to a funeral home in Davis.

The official cause of the accident was listed as “vehicle defect - tires.”

Investigating the accident was OHP Trooper Tracy Laxton of the Garvin-Murray County Detachment.

Assisting were other troopers, along with Murray County deputies and E.M.S. and Davis firefighters and police.

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