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August 29, 2013

Sleepy driver leads to truck crash

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — A sleepy driver during the early morning hours appears to have caused one large truck to run into the back of a similar vehicle in an accident this week near Paoli.

That was the conclusion of state authorities who investigated the accident as one large semi-truck struck the back of another tractor truck when the two were traveling on Interstate 35.

The accident occurred Tuesday morning a few miles northwest of Paoli at a site just north of Paoli’s exit and entrance ramp for the interstate highway.

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol report shows Curtis Lee Jones, 57, of Dallas, Texas was driving a 2000 Freightliner truck with two passengers riding inside.

A second Freightliner truck was driven by Joe Terrill Banion of Houston, Texas.

Both were traveling southbound in the outside lane of I-35 when at a listed time of 4:39 a.m. Aug. 27 the driver of the first truck, Jones, fell asleep, according to the OHP.

The report shows that first vehicle then ran into the back of the second semi-truck near the 80.7 milemarker on the interstate.

Jones was pinned in his truck for about 45 minutes before being extricated by Pauls Valley firefighters using the Hurst tool.

Jones was airlifted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where he was initially listed in serious condition with injuries to his trunk internal and exterior areas and leg.

Also taken by air ambulance to the same metro hospital was Marvin Danlevy, 28.

Danlevy was one of two passengers in the truck driven by Jones. He was listed in serious condition with head injuries.

The OHP report show Danlevy was the only person in the vehicle not wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.

A second passenger, Arthur Lee Franklin, 48, of Euless, Texas, was taken by a Pauls Valley E.M.S. ambulance to Purcell General Hospital. He was treated and released.

In the end the driver of the vehicle struck from behind, Banion, was not injured and did receive any medical attention.

The report did list the official cause of the accident as the driver being “apparently sleepy.”

Investigating the wreck was OHP Trooper Brian McGill of the Garvin/Murray County Detachment.

Assisting at the crash site were state troopers from McClain County and the Size and Weights Division, Garvin County deputies and Paoli firefighters.

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