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Amber Alert

Monday, January 21, 2008

Ponca City teen dies in accident at Kay-Noble county line

A 15-year-old boy from Ponca City has died after a collision between a car and a tractor-trailer.The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Tadd L. Merritt died in the accident that occurred about 1:10 p.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 177 at the Kay-Noble county line, about five miles south of Ponca City.

Troopers say a car driven by 31-year-old Chris George Sfragidas failed to yield from a stop sign on a county road and pulled into the path of a tractor-trailer on the highway.

The tractor-trailer, driven by 54-year-old Robert W. Aikin of Terre Haute, Indiana, hit Sfragidas' car on the passenger side. Merritt was pinned for about two hours and died at the scene.

Sfragidas and one other passenger were taken to a Ponca City hospital. Another passenger, 15-year-old Taylor L. Adams of Ponca City, was taken to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City in critical condition.

Aikin was not injured.