Janet Barber

Grove Sun

JAY – An Eucha man is dead after the pickup he was driving ran off a county road and struck a tree head on.

John Ernest Burns, 48, of Eucha died at the scene at 4:59 a.m. Tuesday when his 2005 Chevrolet pickup came on a sharp curve on a county road in the Tia Juana area and for an unknown reason failed to negotiate the curve and left the road traveling approximately 67 feet before crashing into a tree, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s report by Trooper Jeremy Frantz.

Burns was pinned approximately 45 minutes. He was extricated by Eucha Fire Department with the Jaws of Life. He was pronounced dead at the scene with massive injuries.

Seatbelts were equipped, but not in use. Burns was transported by Luginbuel Funeral Home to Vinita following the collision, according to the officer’s report.