JACKSON COUNTY - An 81-year-old Vernon, Texas, man died Tuesday morning when the vehicle he was driving ran off a county road south of Altus and struck a road sign.
Oscar Sherman Moore was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident two miles west of U.S. Highway 283 and state Highway 5 of massive head and chest injuries. His body was taken to Jackson County Memorial Hospital at the request of the medical examiner, then to Lowell-Tims Funeral Home in Altus.
According to the Highway Patrol report, Moore was driving west on the asphalt county road in a 2000 Dodge pickup at around 9 a.m. when the vehicle ran off a curve in the road and struck a road sign.
The truck vaulted 146 feet then rolled end over end as it traveled an additional 96 feet, coming to rest on its wheels. Moore was pinned in the vehicle and was freed at 9:50 a.m. by the Altus Fire Department, using the Hurst Jaws of Life.
Moore was not wearing a seatbelt, the report says, but the vehicle's airbag did function.
Three Highway Patrol troopers responded to the accident as well as the Altus Fire Department, Jackson County EMS and Jackson County Sheriff's Office.