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July 7, 2012

One killed, one hospitalized after Harper County crash

Woodward, Okla. — One man died and another was critically injured in a 2-vehicle accident north of Laverne Friday afternoon.

William Cole Taylor, 29, of Leedey, was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck 7 miles north of Laverne on US Highway 283, said the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Mark Andrew Raymond, 44, of Woodward, was taken to Harper County Community Hospital in Buffalo then mediflighted to the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and admitted in critical condition with head, arm and trunk injuries and severe burns.

According to the patrol report, Larry Earl Bedell, 61, of Laverne, was driving his Freightliner west on US Highway 64 approaching the US Highway 283 junction in position to make a left turn. Taylor was driving a Dodge pickup east on Highway 64 approaching the junction. Raymond was a passenger in Taylor's vehicle. According to the OHP report, the pickup could not avoid the freightliner and struck the truck on the passenger's side diesel tank, causing both vehicles to catch on fire.

Bedell was taken to Harper County Community Hospital by private vehicle where he was treated and released, the OHP said.

According to the report, Taylor was pinned in his vehicle for almost 2 hours.

Trooper Dustin McAtee investigated the accident with assistance from other troopers, the Harper County Sheriff's Office, Laverne police, fire and EMS and fire departments from Rosston, Gate, Buffalo and Englewood, Kan.

The accident happened around 4:39 p.m.

In an accident early Saturday morning in Major County, a Fairview man was hospitalized in critical condition.

Micah Shane Robison, 25, was taken by air evac to Bass Baptist Hospital in Enid with head, arm, leg, trunk internal and trunk external injuries after the accident at 2:40 a.m. on Saturday, the OHP said.

According to the trooper's report, Robison was driving his pickup west on US 412 when for an unknown reason the vehicle departed the roadway to the left crossing the center median and eastbound lanes of traffic, then traveled another 326 feet in the south ditch, struck a tree, traveled another 34 feet before striking a fence and another 37 feet before hitting another tree and coming to rest.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, the OHP said.

Trooper Darrin Lancaster is investigating. He was assisted by Woodward County EMS, Mooreland Fire Department, Enid Police Department, Waynoka police, fire and EMS and air evac.

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