An early morning collision just east of Walters left a Stephens County resident dead and another without injuries.
The collision happened just after 8 a.m. Tuesday on State Highway 53 and County Road 2690, about seven miles east of Walters in Cotton County.
According to reports obtained from Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP), Donald I. Mouser, 30, of Marlow, drove a 2010 Mack garbage truck while H D Smith, 27, of Comanche, drove a 2006 Nissan Sentra.
Reports from OHP show the garbage truck was traveling northbound on County Road 2690 and stopped at State Highway 53 to attempt to turn eastbound. Reports state Mouser “made an improper right turn going into the westbound lane,” resulting in Smith striking the garbage truck driven by Mouser. The garbage truck, according to reports, came to rest in the center of the roadway. After contact, Smith’s car “rotated counter-clockwise, coming to rest in the westbound lane.”
Smith was pinned for nearly two and a half hours and was removed from the vehicle by Walters Fire Department through the use of the Hurst tool.
Comanche County Memorial Hospital EMS pronounced Smith dead at the scene due to massive internal injuries. He was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Oklahoma City.
Condition of Smith is under investigation, though reports show Mouser was in normal condition. The cause of the collision is under further investigation.
OHP, CCMH EMS, Cotton County Sheriff’s Department, Walters Fire Department and Oklahoma Department of Transportation all responded to the scene.