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2 dead, 3 injured after car crash near Duncan, Oklahoma

Two people were killed and three others were injured in a three-car crash in the south of Duncan, Oklahoma on Thursday night.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a northbound Mini Cooper tried to pass another car on US 81 about 7:45 p.m.  

The two inside the Mini Cooper were killed when their car crashed head-on into a southbound pickup truck. Their identities have been released as driver Kennedy Caldwell, 20, of Denton, Texas; and passenger Connor Slocum, 19, of Aubrey, Texas. Both were pronounced dead on the scene.

The 74-year-old driver of the car that Caldwell was trying to pass was critically injured in the chain-reaction crash. His identity has been released as Jerry Pardue of Duncan, Oklahoma.

The pickup truck driver, who is a 50-year-old named John Salazar of Waurika, Oklahoma, was also injured. He was airlifted to OU Medical Center and his condition is stable.

A ten-year-old passenger in the pickup truck was treated for injuries and released.

Passenger in the Mini Cooper and the driver of the pickup truck were not using seat belts.

It is yet to be known that what caused the crash.

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