Names released in Heavener fatality collision

U.S. Highway 59 is seen shutdown as first responders work. /// Photo by Karalee Eaves
Karalee Eaves and Amanda Corbin
News Reporters

Two men were killed after a collision north of Heavener on Thursday morning.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol identified the deceased as 50-year-old Don Mayes of Gore and 25-year-old Walter Alexander Fanning of Miami. Both were pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained in the collision which occurred around 11:52 a.m. on U.S. Highway 59 about a half mile north of Heavener.

According to the OHP report, Mayes was headed northbound in a 2000 Chevy pickup while Fanning was headed south in a 2007 Chevy pickup. For an unknown reason, Mayes went left of the center line and struck Fanning head-on.

"In my 27 years on the force this is one of the top five worst collisions I've seen," said OHP Lt. Eddie Bohanan at the scene of the wreck.

Heavener Police Department, Heavener Fire Department, Howe Police Department and LeFlore County Sheriff's Office also responded to the scene, in addition to LeFlore County EMS.

OHP released the names of the deceased shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday after notifying family. The highway reopened after 2 p.m.

Trooper Fernando Cardenas investigated with assistance from Trooper Wes Odom and law enforcement mentioned above.