Alex man killed in two car crash

A two-vehicle fatality collision took the life of an Alex, Okla. man October 4, 2017 approximately one and six-tenths miles west of Lindsay.

John Ryland Ketchum, age 22, was pronounced dead at the scene by Oklahoma State Medical Investigator Leroy Johnson due to massive injuries sustained in a collision with a vehicle driven by Michael A. Absher, age 29, of Wetumka, Okla.

Absher was transported to Norman Regional Hospital where he was treated and released.

The vehicle driven by Ketchum was traveling eastbound on State Highway 19 about 5:45 a.m. when it entered the westbound lane striking the Absher vehicle that was traveling westbound.

It is unknown if seat belts were in use by Ketchum. Absher was wearing seat belts and airbags deployed in both vehicles.

Cause of collision is still under investigation according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Deer on roadway causes distraction for driver

One driver was admitted to the hospital after a two-vehicle collision October 8, 2017 at approximately 11:00 a.m. on SH76 three miles south of Lindsay.

Daniel A. Hines, age 21, of Chickasha, Okla., was transported by Trooper Doug George to Pauls Valley General Hospital where he was admitted in stable condition with trunk internal and trunk external injuries.

The Hines vehicle was traveling northbound on SH76 when a deer entered the roadway causing the driver to suddenly brake.

A tractor-trailer driven by Michael B. Williams, age 32, of Bartlesville, Okla., was behind Hines and struck the rear of the vehicle Hines was driving.

The Hines vehicle then departed the roadway to the right and came to a controlled stop off the roadway.

The tractor-trailer also came to a controlled stop on the shoulder of the roadway.

An odor of alcohol beverage was detected in the Hines vehicle.

Seat belts were in use by both drivers. Inattention and distraction outside the vehicle was listed as the cause of collision.