OHP: Wet Roads, Unsafe Speed Led To Will Rogers Turnpike Crash

Friday, August 26th 2016, 7:40 am
By: News On 6

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol report states unsafe speed and wet roads were to blame for a three-vehicle crash on the Will Rogers Turnpike Thursday evening.   

Troopers said a pickup truck and two motorcycles were heading west on I-44, west of Claremore, when a 2015 Dodge pickup, driven by Charles Ross, 35, of Stilwell hydroplaned and went into the center wall just after 9 p.m.  Ross and his passenger, Lesley Pooler, 35, of Broken Arrow were not injured.

The two motorcycles then hit the truck and all three went into a ditch.

The rider of a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle, Barney Whorton, 53, of Tulsa was taken to a Tulsa hospital.  He was admitted in fair condition.

The rider of the other motorcycle, a 2014 Harley Davidson, 42-year-old Joseph Gafford of Claremore, refused treatment at the scene.