A veteran Wilburton firefighter died in a Tuesday afternoon accident that also injured a Red Oak man.

James Cary Vester, 47, died at the scene of the 1:20 p.m. accident five miles east of Wilburton on U.S. Highway 270, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Vester was the manager of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts in Wilburton. He had been a member of the Wilburton Volunteer Fire Department for 26 years, according to city records.

Matthew Ray Chance, 19, was taken to Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith, Ark., for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash. The hospital confirmed this morning Chance had been to its emergency room, but said he was no longer there.

Hospital personnel declined to say if he had been released or was transferred to another hospital.

Bronwyn J. Fairless, 55, Tuskahoma, was treated at McAlester Regional Health Center and released, the highway patrol said.

Two people in another vehicle, Robert Lee Maynard, 40, and Kimberly Morgan, 38, both of Hartshorne, were not injured in the accident according to the OHP.

Maynard and Morgan were driving north on a county road when the Chevrolet Blazer they were in failed to yield at a stop sign and was hit by the Ford pickup containing Fairless, Vester and Chance, the patrol said.

Trooper Steve Moreland investigated the accident.

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