Two people were killed in a two-vehicle collision on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike in Grady County, early Wednesday morning.
The accident happened at about 3 a.m. near mile marker 94 on H.E. Bailey Turnpike eastbound between Chickasha and Newcastle. Troopers said one lane of the turnpike was closed as crews worked to clear the scene of the crash. It reopened just after 12 p.m.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a UPS semi-truck was parked on the shoulder of the turnpike, and the driver, 55-year-old Cary Neal Rogers, was standing outside, on the passenger side of the truck. A second semi-truck was going eastbound on the turnpike when for an unknown reason, it ran off the roadway to the right and rear-ended the UPS semi.
According to OHP troopers on the scene, the second semi-truck went through two of the three UPS trailers.
Both Rogers and the driver of the second semi, 43-year-old Scott Randall Sims, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Sims was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck. He was thrown out of the vehicle during the collision, according to the OHP. The cause of the collision is under investigation.