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July 8, 2014

Sheriff's deputy treated and released following rollover accident

McALESTER — A Pittsburg County sheriff’s deputy went to the McAlester Regional Health Center on Tuesday following a rollover accident in the Krebs-Alderson area.

Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns said Tuesday afternoon that the driver of the pickup truck, Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Dep. Randy Hass, was treated and released from the McAlester Regional Health Center.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol was still investigating the accident at the time this article was being prepared for publication, but Kerns said he was on the scene and had some preliminary information based on what witnesses to the accident had to say.

Kerns said he received a call about the accident at 11:45 a.m.

He said Hass was driving a 2013 Ford Crew Cab pickup truck in the left lane of eastbound traffic on U.S. Highway 270 in the Krebs-Alderson area, when the driver of a vehicle headed east in the right-hand lane pulled into the left lane in front of the deputy’s pickup truck.

Kerns said Hass tried to take evasive action but the two vehicles clipped each other, with the sheriff’s truck driven by Hass rolling over and coming to rest upside down.

Fortunately for Hass, the accident occurred near the Southeast EMS Ambulance Service building on U.S. Highway 270, the sheriff noted.

“It happened right there in front of their business,” the sheriff said.

He said EMS Ambulance personnel rushed the site and helped remove Hass from the upside pickup truck.

The sheriff did not have any immediate information available on the other driver involved in the accident. He was still awaiting the OHP report.

Kerns said he and Undersheriff Wesley Robertson went to the McAlester hospital to check on Hass, where they learned he would be treated and released.

The sheriff credited the truck Hass was driving with keeping the deputy safe during the rollover accident.

“It’s a good thing we have good equipment,” Kerns said. “All side and front air bags were deployed.”

The News-Capital was waiting on an official accident  report at press time.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.

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