Winfield man killed Saturday in Ponca crash

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By Shane Farley
December 8, 2012 - 10:34:58 pm
Matthew McLaughlin died when his pickup truck collided with a semi truck near Ponca.
Courtesy photo Ponca City News

One Winfield man was killed and another was injured Saturday morning in a crash that occurred near Ponca City, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Matthew R. McLaughlin, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene from what were described as massive injuries. He was the driver of a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup that collided with a 2005 Freightliner semi truck.

Justin W. Smith, 19, Winfield, was a passenger in the F-150 and was admitted to the hospital in Ponca City in good condition.

Around 8 a.m., McLaughlin was westbound on State Highway 11 and crossed the center line. The semi was traveling eastbound and attempted to avoid a collision.

The two vehicles, however, collided and the McLaughlin vehicle rolled at least twice, according to a highway patrol report. McLaughlin was pinned in the vehicle for about two hours.

Smith was ejected an unknown distance from the vehicle.

The pickup truck caught fire.

The events leading up to the crash remain under investigation. McLaughlin was not wearing a seat belt, according to the report.

Linda Sue Cantellany, 58, of Enid, Okla, was the driver of the semi. She was transported to Ponca City Medical Center, where she was treated and later released.

The crash occurred about four miles north and 1.8 miles west of Ponca City.

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