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May 28, 2014

Simmons Center director Junior Harris killed in accident

DUNCAN — Police said Tuesday they are unsure what caused a truck driven by Simmons Center Director Junior Harris to leave the roadway and crash in a fatal accident.

Harris, 45, was pronounced dead at the accident scene near the intersection of Osage Road and U.S. Highway 81. The wreck occurred about 3:37 p.m. Monday.

“The man was coming from Lawton,” Officer David Woods said. “For reasons unknown, he went off the roadway. He hit a ditch then a culvert. He was ejected from the vehicle.”

Because Harris was ejected from the vehicle, Woods said it was safe to assume he  was not wearing a seat belt. He said no alcohol was involved in the accident.

About nine police officers and three Duncan fire engines responded to the accident. The first officers responded within five minutes of the accident and about one minute after the receiving the call.

Harris was the only person involved in the vehicle and no other injuries were reported. His wife and children were notified of his death Monday.

“From the time the vehicle left the road until it came to rest, there wasn’t much time for him to correct,” Woods said.

The medical examiner’s office was contacted. Erik’s Wrecker collected Harris’ vehicle, a 1986 silver Avalance, and his body was taken  to Don Grantham Funeral Home.

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