By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
[Updated on Wednesday, June 4, 2019 at 4:25 p.m.]
A man was killed Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle traffic collision on a busy interstate in Yukon.
Early morning rain was believed to have been a cause of the deadly crash, which occurred at 7:09 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 40 at Garth Brooks Boulevard.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokeswoman Sarah Stewart identified the victim as Kenneth Stoner, 38, of Okarche.
Stoner was driving a 2012 Nissan Altima eastbound on I-40 when the car hydroplaned and struck a bridge railing, Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Tom Barton said.
The disabled vehicle came to rest in the center lane and was struck by a 2015 Ford F150 pickup traveling behind the car. The pick-up driver was not injured.
“The white truck actually swerved to miss him but didn’t have a chance to stop and hit him, then pushed it to the point of rest,” trooper Barton said. “The driver of the black car is deceased.”
OHP shut down the middle and right eastbound lanes of I-40 to preserve the scene, according to Barton. The lanes were reopened shortly after 10:30 a.m.
Stoner was taken from the scene by the State Medical Examiner’s Office after his body was removed from the vehicle by the Yukon Fire Department. Stoner was pinned inside the vehicle for two hours before being extricated.
Also responding to the fatality crash site were officers and deputies from the Yukon Police Department and Canadian County Sheriff’s Office.