SPIRO — Two truck drivers were killed when their tractor-trailer rigs collided about four miles west of Spiro on Wednesday morning, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
Donald Sharp, 58, was driving a 2007 Peterbilt west on U.S. 59 when a vehicle in front of the truck slowed to make a turn, troopers said. Sharp's truck went left of center and struck an eastbound 2008 Peterbilt driven by Kelvin Hudson, 28, head-on, and both trucks caught fire, according to a crash report.
Sharp, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was pinned for about three hours before being freed by Spiro and Panama firefighters. He and Hudson, of Keota, both died at the scene, the report states.
Troopers weren't able to determine whether either man was wearing a seat belt. The vehicle that was slowing to turn hasn't been found, and the collision remains under investigation.
The crash forced the shutdown of U.S. 59 for more than seven hours. The highway was closed from just before 10:30 a.m. to just after 5:30 p.m., the Department of Public Safety reported.