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Collision near Medicine Park takes the life of local man

MEDICINE PARK, Okla_A volunteer firefighter was killed in a two car crash Friday on Highway 58 near Big Rock Road. Rabford Hewes was the Assistant Chief of the Paradise Valley Volunteer Fire Department.

Investigators say he was driving south when he was hit from behind by another car. The collision sent him off the road. Hewes truck rolled several times. He was thrown from the truck, and it rolled onto him. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Medicine Park Police Chief Rod Mckee said several witnesses saw the driver of the car, an elderly man, swerving across both north and south bound lanes. Several drivers pulled to the side of the road to move out of his way fearing that something bad was going to happen, and it did.

"From our investigation and witness statements it looks like a vehicle that was towing a trailer had been driving just a little bit erratically."

A nearby resident said he heard the wreck call come in over a scanner and realized it was in front of his house. He said he rushed out and saw that the blue truck had pinned the driver underneath it. He said several people stopped and helped lift the truck up, they were able to pull the man from underneath the truck and said that they took care of him until emergency medical crews arrived.

Investigators say Hewes was still breathing when paramedics got there. They took him to Reynolds Hospital on Fort Sill where he was pronounced dead a few hours later.

Mckee said from his investigation, Hewes was not slowing down to make a turn. The 75 year old driver of the Lincoln hit him from behind. They have not been able to determine how fast the elderly driver was going. From looking at the damage to his car, as well as the impact on Hewes' truck, it would appear speed played a part.

"If you're in such a hurry to get somewhere, and I'm not saying that's the case in this accident I don't know, just think about it if you get slowed down. You could be detained dealing with citation or traffic stop from an officer you're going to be late. If you end up in accident you're going to be really late so just take the time to proceed cautiously within the speed limit and for the road conditions."

Mckee said they have talked to the elderly man who caused the accident. At this time he is not being charged with anything and has not been arrested.

At the scene the elderly man did not appear to be intoxicated or suffering from any other drugs. Investigators are taking a blood sample and having it tested just to be sure.

The elderly man was taken to Comanche County Memorial Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

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