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April 10, 2007

Accident kills one in Latimer County

A Wilburton man was killed when his truck went off the road and hit a tree Monday afternoon.

John W. Edington, 66, was dead at the scene from head injuries suffered in the accident, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

He had been driving west on U.S. Highway 270 when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel, the patrol said. The truck went off the left side of the roadway and hit a tree about one mile east of Wilburton at 4:40 p.m.

Edington was not wearing a seat belt, the patrol said.

Trooper Mason Brooks was assisted in his investigation by members of the Wilburton police and fire departments.

Contact Doug Russell at drussell@mcalesternews.com.

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