Emergency crews responded to a rollover crash on Highway 169 southbound near the 36th Street exit Tuesday morning. They worked for about 30 minutes to free a trapped driver.
Police said they got a call that two people were racing their vehicles when one driver lost control.
That driver's truck left the roadway and collided with a tree line, landing upside down in a creek. Several people stopped to check on the male driver and call the police.
The driver was trapped inside the pickup by the steering wheel, according to firefighters on the scene. They said he managed to keep his head above water as first responders cut off parts of the truck and pulled him out.
"If it rolls, if it hits other things - trees and things of that nature - it can actually pin motorists in the vehicle, and that was the case here," said Andy Little, Tulsa Fire Department.
The injured man was taken to the hospital by Life Flight. His condition is unknown. Tulsa Fire then worked to extract the vehicle from the brush. Traffic on Highway 169 was reduced to one lane heading south.
Tulsa Police published this video of the Life Flight helicopter landing on Highway 169 to transport the victim: