Poteau High School Teacher Killed In Car Accident

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LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) — A Poteau High School teacher died after being involved in a car accident Wednesday night (Feb. 8), according to Poteau Superintendent Don Sjoberg.

Jerry Carpenter, 46, taught science classes at the high school. According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Carpenter was driving westbound on US 270 about six miles west of Wister, when he drove his pickup truck left of center and struck a semi truck driving eastbound.

Carpenter was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining multiple injuries, while the driver of the semi truck was transported to Poteau Hospital where he was treated and released, OHP stated.

He is preceded in survived by his wife, daughters, sons, son-in-laws, daughter-in-laws, several grandchildren, as well as his sister and her husband.

Investigators said both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

Counselors will be on hand at the high school and available to students and teachers as they come back to class Thursday (Feb. 9), Sjoberg said.

Carpenter’s funeral will happen at 11 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 11) in the Wister High School gymnasium.

Internment will follow at the Ellis Chapel, which is also in Wister.

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