Crash critically injures three

By Matt Swearengin -

Three Durant residents were critically injured Thursday during a two-vehicle crash on Highway 70 west of Mead, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

Sixty-nine-year-old James Portman, 50-year-old Sandra A. Bundrant and 24-year-old Brandon P. Reese were flown by air ambulance to Plano Medical Center in Plano, Texas. All three were listed in critical condition according to an OHP report.

The crash happened at approximately 5:35 p.m. when Portman, who was driving a Dodge Caravan, failed to yield at a stop sign when entering Highway 70 and his vehicle was struck by a westbound Toyota Camry driven by 70-year-old Luana A. West of Kingston.

West was taken to AllianceHealth in Durant where she was listed in stable condition at the time of the OHP report.

OHP said Portman was pinned in the vehicle until being freed by West Bryan County firefighters. Reese was ejected approximately 25 feet.

Everyone was wearing seat belts except Reese, according to Trooper Scott King’s report. The Bryan County Sheriff’s Office, West Bryan County Fire Department, Bryan County EMS, Marshall County EMS and Colbert EMS assisted at the scene.

In other news, a Caddo police officer accidentally shot his wife in the shoulder Wednesday evening at the couple’s home in Caney. Atoka County Sheriff Tony Head told KXII television that the officer was showing his wife how to protect herself when he accidentally shot her. The injury was not reported to be life threatening.

The Durant Fire Department was dispatched at 12:49 p.m. Thursday to 1021 W. Main St. where a car had traveled over a curb and hit a building. One person had an abrasion on an arm and was taken to the hospital, according to DFD, and the driver declined medical treatment.

Firefighters investigated smoke inside a building Thursday morning at 127 W. Main St. DFD said there was no fire and that there was a problem with the HVAC unit. The occupant was told to call an electrician and a heat and air maintenance company.

Firefighters responded at 8:14 a.m. Thursday after someone called about smoke in the area of the Bayou Bridge on S.E. Third Avenue. When they arrived, they found people burning leaves where they were picking up pecans. They were told they were not allowed to burn.

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By Matt Swearengin

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