Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

August 26, 2013

Area wreck leaves some questions

Staff Reports
Pauls Valley Democrat

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — Authorities are still looking into what caused one vehicle to move into the path of a tractor truck resulting in a collision and injuries for a Lindsay man.

Hurt in the Grady County accident this week was 21-year-old Johnathan Carl Slay.

Slay was alone while driving a 2007 Chevrolet pickup in the wrong direction on a county road.

The action resulted in the vehicle being struck by a tractor truck coming from the opposite direction on the same road.

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol report shows the accident came at 5:16 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.

The report indicates Slay’s truck was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of a Grady County road.

At the same time a Mack semi truck driven by Stephen Joe Somers, 50, also of Lindsay, was moving westbound.

Troopers reported it remains unknown why the pickup truck was left of the road’s center, which resulted in it being struck head on by the approaching tractor truck.

Slay was pinned in the pickup for about 30 minutes before being freed by Lindsay firefighters using the Hurst tool.

Slay was airlifted from the accident site and taken to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

He was admitted with trunk internal and external, leg, arm and head injuries, according to the OHP report. He was initially listed in fair condition.

Somers was not injured in the accident

OHP Trooper Tim Parrish of the Grady County Detachment reported both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision.

Also assisting at the scene were other troopers and a Lindsay E.M.S.