Janet Barber

Special to the Grove Sun

BERNICE A Miami woman has died after colliding with an automobile southeast of Bernice early Sunday morning.

Tiffany D. Sanchez, 28 of Miami, was pronounced dead at the scene on U.S. 60 and 260 Road at 1 a.m. Sunday morning after colliding with Justin T. Buzzard, 25 of Vinita, who was transported by Eagle Med to Freeman Hospital in Joplin where he is listed in poor condition with head, trunk, arm and leg injuries after being pinned for 27 minutes. Sanchez was pinned for a total of 1 hour and 44 minutes before being extricated from her vehicle.

Buzzard was driving southbound on U.S. 60 and crossed over the centerline colliding head-on with the vehicle driven by Sanchez who left approximately 75 feet of skid marks prior to the impact that sent both vehicles off the roadway, according to the report filed to Oklahoma Highway Patrolman Ruben Hernandez.

Buzzard did not have his seat belt on, and an odor of alcohol was noticed in the vehicle by the investigating patrolman. Sanchez did have her seat belt on and air bags were deployed in both vehicles.

Other area accidents

A Chelsea man was killed Wednesday when he struck a cow in the road.

Cody Joe Bearden, 21, was pronounced dead on the scene after his 1994 Ford Escort stuck the cow on State Highway 28 8 miles West of Adair. The impact threw the cow into the vehicle, Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. The incident occurred at 6:40 p.m.