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Amber Alert

Friday, March 14, 2008

Chickasha man was killed Thursday

A Chickasha man was killed Thursday in a two-vehicle crash that forced Oklahoma 8 in Blaine County to close for more than six hours, from 3:20 to 9:30 p.m.

Leon D. Smith, 74, died in the accident that happened at 3:10 p.m. four miles south of Hitchcock, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report.

Smith was driving a Freightliner tractor-trailer loaded with 32 round bales of hay south on Oklahoma 8, according to the report, when he failed to negotiate a curve at a high rate of speed. His truck rolled one-quarter time, coming to rest on its side in the northbound lane.

The cab of Smith’s rig then was hit by a 2001 Ford pickup driven by Robert H. Banks, 43, of Enid, according to the report. Banks and his two sons, Allen Henry, 20, and Andrew Lee, 20, were not injured.