Feb. 23–The driver of a tanker truck for the Leach Fire Department was pronounced dead at the scene of a Wednesday morning traffic accident that occurred while he was responding to a fire call.
Dead is Michael Dale Russell, 68, of Rose, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Micah Gibe. He said the crash happened about 3-1/4-mile south of Leach on Delaware County Road S 510.
Gibe said it appeared the truck Russell was driving was southbound in route to a structure fire when the truck ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected and overturned one-and-a-half times.
Though seat belts were installed in the truck, Russell was not wearing one and was ejected outside the driver’s-side window, the investigation indicated. Russell was pinned beneath the truck from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., officers said.
Russell was pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries. Gibe said road conditions were dry, with some fog present in the area.
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