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August 29, 2007

Man dies after wreck in Adair County





STILWELL — An Arkansas man was killed Tuesday when the tractor-trailer rig he was driving struck another rig from behind while driving on a county road 10 miles south and 3.5 miles west of town.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, both trucks were loaded with gravel and driving west down a long, steep hill at about 7:50 p.m., when the collision occurred. The OHP report states Robert N. Larue, 47, of Muse slowed to turn right, and the 1994 International being driven by David K. Humphrey, 40, of DeQueen, Ark., struck the trailer behind Larue’s 1994 Peterbilt.

The Peterbilt, according to the report, was pushed through the intersection and both trucks overturned. Larue was able to flee from the cab of the Peterbilt, which came to rest on a railroad track, just before it was struck by a train.

Humphrey, who was pinned inside the cab of the International for about an hour before he was freed by Stilwell firefighters, died at the scene. Larue, according to the OHP, was treated for back injuries at Stilwell Memorial Hospital and released.

The OHP reports states seat belts were in use by Larue but not Humphrey.

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