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Dwight Handley Jr., 62, killed and several people injured in fiery semi-truck crash on I-35 near Stillwater, Oklahoma

Modified Date: 
Fri, 06/14/2019 - 3:07pm
Accident Date: 
Friday, April 3, 2015

OHP Releases New Details In Deadly Freightliner Crash In Payne Co.

A pedestrian tried to help the driver of the freightliner after the crash, but the vehicle exploded and flying debris hit the pedestrian.

Belle Plaine man killed in Oklahoma crash

Troopers say the driver of the other semi wasn’t injured, but that a man who was trying to help Handley suffered serious leg injuries when he was struck by flying debris from the explosion.

The fatal crash happened about two miles south of Stillwater. Driver 62-year-old Dwight Handley Jr. of Belle Plaine, Kan. was pronounced deceased at the scene. Handley was the driver of a freightliner, and the other vehicle was a 2007 Peterbilt driven by 31-year-old Jesse Brownlee, of Wellington, Kansas. Brownlee's vehicle was parked on the shoulder of NB Interstate 35 when Handley was traveling in the NB lane of I-35. He collided with the Peterbilt and caught fire, which caused the cargo tank to explode.

People Involved: 
Dwight Handley Jr.
Jesse Brownlee

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