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Crime & Courts

February 4, 2014

Three from Miami killed, five hurt in crash on icy bridge

MIAMI, Okla. — Three Miami residents were killed and five others were injured shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday in a three-vehicle accident on an icy U.S. Highway 69 bridge over the Red River in Bryan County, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Pronounced dead at the crash location were Juan Garcia, 40, driver of a sport utility vehicle, and two passengers in his vehicle, Anita Lucio Mayorga, 70, and a juvenile, whose name was withheld, all of Miami, according to the patrol.

The injured were identified as Garcia passengers Eugenia Garcia, 38, wife of the driver; Rosalinda Alaniz, 46; and three juveniles whose names and ages were withheld, all of Miami.

Another juvenile passenger in the Garcia vehicle was not injured, according to the patrol. All of the injured were taken to Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas, the patrol said.

The drivers of two tractor-trailer rigs involved in the accident were identified as Jeremy Greene, 42, of Litchfield, Ill., and Alvin Prescott, 66, of Seneca, Mo. They were not injured, the patrol said.

The accident happened, according to the patrol, as all three vehicles were southbound on U.S. Highway 69, and Garcia lost control of his vehicle on icy pavement on the bridge at the Texas-Oklahoma line.

His vehicle struck and bounced off the bridge railing, and went across the road and hit the other railing. It then bounced into the path of the Greene truck rig and then was hit by the Prescott truck.

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