The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has released the identity of the truck driver who was killed Wednesday after colliding with the escape vehicle of a fleeing bank robber suspect in rural Ottawa County.
James Carl Wivell, 48, of Longmont, Colo., died on the scene from injuries sustained in an accident on U.S. 69A, three miles north of Quapaw. He was a driver with DLT Trucking in Denver.
Authorities said Wivell was pinned in the cab of his 2008 International tractor trailer for about 15 minutes while members of the Quapaw Fire Department worked to extract him.
Wivell was traveling north when a speeding vehicle driven by Harry Francis Dishmon, 50, of Tulsa, attempted to pass the semi while being chased by law enforcement. Another southbound vehicle was oncoming, which caused Dishmon to swerve right to avoid a collision. His car struck Wivell’s rig in the front driver’s side.
Dishmon’s car spun around several times, struck an abandoned vehicle parked on the shoulder, front driver side to front driver side, continued spinning, ran off the south side of the roadway coming rest in a ditch, according to the accident report. The driver exited his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended a short time later.
Wivell’s tractor trailer rolled onto the driver's side after impact, slid several feet northwest, went completely across the roadway and struck the guardrail, coming to rest.
Officers were pursuing Dishmon, who was a suspect in an attempted bank robbery earlier Wednesday in Miami, Okla. According to police reports, a suspect entered the bank and handed the teller a note that read: “Got a gun. Give me all your money.” But the robber became overwhelmed with apprehension even before the teller could comply, and left without taking any money.
Witnesses at the scene were able to give police a description of the getaway vehicle and its license plate, which led to the pursuit.
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