A 52-year-old man died Tuesday morning and a 48-year-old man was hospitalized after both were ejected from a pickup during a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 412 east of Chouteau, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
A collision report states 22-year-old Matthew Newcomb of Tahlequah was driving west on U.S. 412 in a 2007 Buick just after 8:45 a.m. when he veered off the right side of the road to avoid debris about 1½ miles east of Chouteau. He overcorrected into the path of a westbound 2004 Ford pickup driven by Darin Dawson, 48, of Pryor, according to troopers. The collision caused both vehicles to ram into the center median, and the pickup rolled over 1½ times, ejecting both occupants.
A passenger in the truck, Mark Dawson, 52, of Pryor was ejected 36 feet; he was pronounced dead at a Pryor hospital. according to the report. Darin Dawson, who was ejected 29 feet, was transported to a Tulsa hospital in critical condition, troopers said.
The report states Newcomb, who was wearing a seat belt, refused treatment at the scene. It indicates troopers determined neither Dawson was wearing a seat belt at the time.