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Merrill native killed in Oklahoma highway crash Submitted: 07/19/2018
STROUD, OK - A man from Merrill died in a traffic crash in Oklahoma this week.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed Brandon Polacek, 20, was killed in a crash between a construction truck and a semi around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday near Stroud, which is between Oklahoma City and Tulsa.


OHP reports Polacek was a passenger in the construction truck. His truck was crossing the eastbound lanes on the Turner Turnpike when the semi crashed into them. Polacek and his driver were both thrown from the truck "an unknown distance", according to the report.

Polacek was pronounced dead on the scene from "massive injuries."

The construction truck and semi drivers were both taken to the hospital in fair condition. They are from Hinckley, Minnesota and Republic, Missiouri, respectively.

The report says the semi truck driver was wearing a seatbelt, but whether the construction truck had seat belts or if they were worn is "under investigation."

Weather conditions were cloudy and the road was wet.

Story By: Lane Kimble
Photo By: Brandon Polacek Facebook

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