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Texas man dies after motorcycle accident in state

A 73-year-old Vernon, Texas, man died from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident that occurred last week in Cotton County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

Two other people were also injured in separate one-vehicle traffic accidents early Friday in Cotton and Stephens counties.

Gordan Thompson died Thursday. He was a victim in a motorcycle-vehicle accident that occurred at 3:25 p.m. Dec. 10 at the intersection of U.S. 70 and County Road 2740 about 1 mile east of Devol.

According to Highway Patrol reports, a 2007 Dodge pickup driven by Johnny Lee Jones was traveling southbound on County Road 2740 when he failed to yield at a stop sign and struck Thompson, who was riding a 2000 Moto motorcycle westbound on U.S. 70.

Thompson was airlifted to a Wichita Falls hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition with trunk internal, trunk external and limb injuries. Jones was not injured in the crash.

The Highway Patrol reported that Thompson was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Friday's accident in Cotton County occurred at 12:15 a.m. on U.S. 70 about six-tenths of a mile east of County Road 2680 about 9 miles south of Temple.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a 2010 Volkswagen driven by a 17-year-old Hastings man was traveling eastbound on U.S. 70 when he fell asleep. The vehicle departed the roadway to the left, struck a guardrail and rolled several times before coming to rest on its wheels in a dry creek bed.

The victim was taken by ambulance to a Wichita Falls, Texas, hospital, where he was admitted for observation only with trunk internal injuries.

The cause of the accident was ruled as the driver falling asleep. Seat belts were in use at the time of the accident.

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