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July 16, 2014

Questions remain after deadly crash

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — Authorities are still investigating the cause of an accident near the Garvin County border that resulted in two deaths.
The double fatality collision occurred near Hennepin last Friday morning, July 11.
Driving separate vehicles were 17-year-old Rally Scott Beam of Sulphur and Ronnie Percell, 52, of Ratliff City.
Beam was driving a 2003 Lexus, while Percell was operating a semi-truck.
An accident report released over the weekend by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol shows both vehicles were on state Highway 7.
The teen’s vehicle was traveling eastbound, while the truck driven by Percell was moving in the opposite direction on the same highway.
For reasons still unknown it was around 8:30 a.m. Friday when the Lexus crossed the center line where it struck the approaching truck at a site on the west edge of Hennepin.
Hennepin itself is in Garvin County, but the actual site of the deadly accident is in neighboring Carter County.
OHP officials reported the collision came on the left front of both vehicles. Although not confirmed a deadly fire may have been involved in the accident.
Beam was listed as being pinned in the vehicle for about an hour before his body was extricated by Hennepin firefighters.
Both men sustained massive injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene by Medical Examiner John Moody. Both were also transported by Hale Funeral Home to its facility in Davis.
Both the cause of the collision and condition of the drivers before the accident are still under investigation, the OHP reports indicates.
It has been determined Beam was wearing his seat belts when the crash occurred.
OHP troopers are expected to conduct more witness interviews and complete a technical investigation of the crash before releasing any findings.
Trooper Jody Cornelison of the Carter County Detachment is leading the investigation.
Assisting at the scene were a number of troopers, including Doug Brinson of Murray County and Shelby Humphrey, who also is currently serving on Pauls Valley’s school board.

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