• Leader & Times staff report
A fatality collision occurred at 5:05 a.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 54 – two miles west of Tyrone, Okla. in Texas County, according to a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Passenger Jose Sanchez, 35, of Plains was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of head, neck, internal and leg injuries, the OHP report noted.
According to the OHP report, a 1999 Pontiac driven by Eriberto Sanchez, 23, of Plains was westbound on Highway 54. While attempting to pass another vehicle, he collided head-on with a 1985 Chevrolet driven by Harold Keith Leniger, 48, of Hooker, Okla. going eastbound on Highway 54. Sanchez’s passenger, Jose Sanchez, was pinned for three hours and 20 minutes. Leniger was pinned for one hour and 25 minutes.
Eriberto Sanchez was taken to Southwest Medical Center where he was treated and released. Leniger was also taken to SWMC and admitted with head, trunk, internal, external and arm injuries. He was ultimately medi-flighted to Wesley Trauma Center in Wichita and listed in stable condition, the report noted.
Trooper Levi Hill’s report of the accident noted foggy conditions. He also reported that seatbelts were in use by all involved in the accident.
The accident was investigated by Trooper Levi Hill of the Hooker Detachment. He was assisted by Trooper Grant Arnold, Trooper Derrick Stewart, Lt. David Welch, Capt. Darrell Jordan, Texas County Sheriff’s Office, Hooker Police Department, Hooker EMS, Hooker Fire Department, Tyrone Police Department, Tyrone Fire Department and the Seward County Fire Department.