Icy conditions may have contributed to the death of Claremore resident Bobby Frank Etter who died Wednesday in an early morning wreck on the Will Rogers Turnpike.
Etter, 73, was westbound on I-44 Will Rogers Turnpike at 7:38 a.m. Wednesday in his 2001 GMC pickup, according to OHP reports.
At the same time, a 2006 International tractor/trailer driven by Walter Tinoco, 55, of Independence, Mo. was eastbound, also on I-44 Will Rogers Turnpike.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol report, Tinoco was crossing the Kerr/McClellan Navigation Bridge, he hit a patch of ice and ran off the left side of the roadway, across the grassy embankment, traveling more than 200 feet, went through a guardrail, traveling another 54 feet before coming into the westbound side of the I-44 Will Rogers Turnpike. The report states that the left rear corner portion of Tinoco’s trailer struck Etter’s pickup on the driver’s side and continued another 66 feet before coming to a rest.
Etter’s vehicle traveled 25 feet west and six feet north before coming to a complete rest, where he was pinned for a total of one hour and 13 minutes before being extracted with the jaws of life by the Verdigris Fire Department.
He was pronounced dead at the scene with massive head, trunk internal, trunk external, arm and leg injuries.
The OHP report states Tinoco had head and trunk internal injuries. He refused treatment at the scene.
Will Rogers Turnpike Detachment Trooper Chris Simpson was the lead investigator at the scene. He was assisted by seven fellow troopers.
Both drivers were reported as wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision.