Car Pinned Under Semi-Trailer On Tulsa Highway

Thursday, July 26th 2018, 4:48 pm
By: News On 6

A car was pinned under a semi-trailer on I-44 Thursday afternoon causing a major traffic backup.

Video from Osage SkyNews 6 HD showed a 2017 Chevy Cruze was stuck under the trailer in the eastbound lanes of I-44 near Lewis.

Before the crash, witnesses told troopers the car's driver, identified as 33-year-old Jonathan Berry of Tulsa was speeding in and out of cars on the highway.

At the time of the crash, witnesses told troopers he was trying to pass someone on the shoulder, hit the concrete barrier then bounced back underneath the semi. After that, they said he was dragged about a tenth of a mile before the semi was able to stop.

EMSA took Berry to the hospital where he was admitted for head, arm and leg injuries.

There were two people inside the semi, the driver, Jianjun Zhang, 42, of Rancho Verde, California and a passenger, 37-year-old Yalum Wang, of Corona, California were both uninjured.

Troopers said they aren't sure why he was driving that fast, but they're thankful it wasn't worse.

"We shouldn't have to warn people not to drive over 100 miles per hour and not to pass people on the shoulder, because this is what could happen," said OHP Lieutenant Dwight Durant.

The crash caused a huge backup on the highway which stretched past the Arkansas River and even Highway 75.

Troopers say the trailer was disconnected from the truck and used its jacks to raise up the trailer. A tow truck driver then used a winch to pull the mangled car out from under the trailer.

All lanes were reopened around 5:15 p.m.