A Grove man was killed after he drove his vehicle around barriers and off the end of the highway at the Spring River Bridge on Highway 10, east of Miami.
According to the report, issued by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Will Langley, Ricky Joe West II, 28, of Grove, was pronounced dead at the scene due to massive injuries by members of the INTEGRIS Emergency Medical Services.
Services for West, who worked as a plumber, are pending, under the direction of Nichols Funeral and Cremation Services of Grove.
About the incident
The incident was reported at approximately 9:26 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Spring River Bridge construction site, located on Highway 10 approximately four miles East of Miami.
Langley's report said West was traveling eastbound on Highway 10, when he maneuvered his 2016 Nissan Sentra around multiple signs and barriers and traveled off the end of the highway, where the bridge has been removed for replacement.
West's vehicle traveled an unknown distance airborne before landing on its top. The exact time of the incident, as well as the cause and condition of the driver, remain under investigation.
The smaller of two Spring River bridges located in Ottawa County has been removed as a part of a scheduled replacement after both bridges were designated as “structurally deficient,” by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT).
Work commenced on the project in mid-November with the overflow having been removed prior to this weekend's accident. Demolition of the main Spring River Bridge set to start this week.
Langley noted the roadway was dry and the weather was clear at the time of the incident. The vehicle was equipped with seatbelts, but they were not in use. The vehicle's airbag did deploy.
Langley was assisted by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers Lt. Brian McSlarrow and Trooper Derek Humphrey, members of the Wyandotte Fire Department and INTEGRIS EMS.