Two sent to hospital after Sunday accident

by Michael Bush -

An injury collision occurred Sunday at approximately 10 a.m. on US Hwy. 62 near mile marker 43 eastbound, approximately 2 mile east of Altus.

Joe L. Hankins, 60, of Altus, was driving a 2010 Ford pickup traveling northbound on canal road when Mark Clark, 56, of Altus, was traveling eastbound on US Hwy. 62 in a 2006 Kia.

According to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Hankins failed to yield from the stop sign and traveled into the path of the Clark vehicle.

Hankins was transported by Jackson County EMS to Jackson County Memorial

Hospital where he was treated and released.

Clark was transported by Air Evac to Comanche County Memorial Hospital where he was later transferred to Integris Baptist Medical where he was admitted in stable condition with lower leg injuries.

Seatbelts were equipped and in use by Clark, but not by Hankins.

The accident was investigated by Trooper Shane Newell #408 of the Greer County Detachment of Troop M and Trooper Josh Tinsley #682 of the Jackson County Detachment of Troop M. They were assisted by Trooper Scott Hazle #907 of the Kiowa County Detachment of Troop M, Trooper Shawn Laughlin #324 of the Greer County Detachment of Troop M, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Altus Police Department, Jackson County EMS, Altus Fire Department, Friendship Fire and the Department and Air EVAC.

The inside lane of the U.S. Hwy. 62 eastbound was closed from 10:20 to 11:30 a.m. because of the accident.

by Michael Bush

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