Separate single vehicle accidents in five days killed both drivers.

The first mishap on June 17 in Slaughterville killed a 55-year-old Lexington man.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has withheld the victim’s name pending notification of next of kin.

Trooper Craig Ellis reported the man, who was driving a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria, died at the scene.

The man was pinned in the car for approximately 17 hours before being extricated by the Slaughterville Fire Department.

He was driving southbound on U.S. 77 around 7:23 p.m. when for an unknown reason, the car went off the left side of the highway and collided with a 2002 homemade 34-foot end-dump trailer that was parked 80 to 100 yards off the road.

The car struck the trailer on the left and came to rest beneath it.

The property owner found the wreck and called the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. According to deputies, the accident wasn’t visible from the highway.

Ellis reported an odor of alcohol on the driver, who  suffered head and internal injuries. The victim wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

Assisting Ellis at the scene were Trooper Shayne Ballard, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, Slaughterville Fire Department and Noble EMS.

The second fatality collision happened shortly before midnight June 22 on SH 39 in Pottawatomie County, claiming the life of Phillip C. Cornelius, 24, of Wanette.

Trooper William Arnett reported Cornelius was driving a 2008 Chevrolet pickup and was ejected when the vehicle rolled multiple times.

Cornelius was eastbound on the highway near Stevens Road when the pickup left the roadway on the right. He over corrected and ran off the left side, striking a ditch before rolling approximately three times.

The trooper reported Cornelius wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

He was assisted at the scene by Trooper Matthew Snyder, the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, React EMS and Wanette Fire Department.

Cornelius sustained head and internal injuries and died at the scene.

The OPH said both bodies were taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

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