Peggy Kiefer

Grove Sun

Two Jay men died Wednesday afternoon due to injuries sustained when the pickup they were driving collided with a semi on Hwy 59 just outside of Grove. 

Tommy Don Bushee, 36, was driving a 1999 Ford pick-up that collided with a 2005 Peterbilt truck.

He was transported by Grove EMS to Grove Integris Hospital where he died from injuries sustained in the collision. 

Bushee’s passenger, Jay Tanner, 54, was also transported by Grove EMS to Grove Integris Hospital where he was taken by Eagle Med to Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo. where he died.  Tanner was admitted in critical condition with head, arm, internal trunk, external trunk and leg injuries.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Grove Fire Department, Grove Police Department and Delaware County Sheriff’s Department responded to the accident on Highway 59 at County Road 330 1.5 miles south of Grove at approximately 1:45 p.m. 

Bushee was pinned for approximately 30 minutes and was freed by Grove Fire Department using the Jaws of Life then transported.  The highway was closed during this time.

Bushee was driving westbound on County Road 330 when he failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Highway 59 and County Road 330 and attempted to turn north.  When turned the pickup north it went into the southbound land of Highway 59 and was struck by a semi-truck driven by Eric L. Donahoe, 37, from Davenport, Nebraska. 

Donahoe was transported by Grove EMS to Grove Integris Hospital where he was treated and released for a leg injury.  He had no passengers traveling with him. 

Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports state that neither Bushee nor Tanner were wearing seatbelts.