Numerous accidents dot county; two fatalities

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Dec 13, 2012 - 8:58:03 AM

  NO PASSINGA one-vehicle accident at the intersection of Plainsman and Medcalf Roads last Thursday night claimed the life of a Duncan woman, making her the second fatality in exactly two months at the intersection.
According to the accident report, Rachel Rothner failed to negotiate a right hand curve onto Medcalf Road while driving her 2007 Nissan. The vehicle struck two signs, went airborne, crossing a creek and struck the embankment on the south side of the creek. After hitting the embankment, the car rolled and landed on its roof.
The same intersection claimed Dustin Duncan of Duncan Oct. 6 in an auto accident.
The Rothner accident was the first of two fatalities in Stephens County in a three-day span.
On Saturday, another driver was killed on S.H. 7 in Velma after pulling in front of an oil tanker and colliding with it.
In the Marlow area, a three-vehicle accident Saturday evening on Highway 29, 3/10 miles east of Goodrich Rd., sent a Marlow man and woman to Duncan Regional Hospital. The pair were later transported to the OU Medical Center.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s (OHP) accident report, Howard Dutton of Lindsay was driving east on Highway 29 and attempted to pass a 2009 Dodge pickup, hauling hay, driven by Keith Fizer of Marlow. At the last moment, Dutton saw an approaching vehicle, swerved back into the eastbound lane and hit Fizer’s trailer in the rear.
Both vehicles left the roadway and rolled, ejecting passenger Leslie Fizer from the pickup. After being struck by Dutton, the truck lost a bale of hay onto the highway. A westbound Ford Probe driven by Caleb Clark of Lindsay struck the hay bale.  Clark was not injured.
According to Keith Fizer, driver of the pickup, Dutton was attempting to pass multiple vehicles in a no passing zone. OHP referred to the area as a “hillcrest.”