Man Rushed To Surgery In Tulsa Rollover Wreck

Saturday, September 1st 2012, 10:13 am
By: Dee Duren

A man was seriously injured after his car rolled on U.S. Highway 169 at about 5 a.m. Saturday. It happened just south of the 81st Street exit in the southbound lanes of the highway.

Tulsa police say the man, who was about 30 years old, was trying to pass another vehicle when he lost control of his SUV. The SUV rolled several times, trapping the driver inside. He was freed by Tulsa firefighters.

Carl Bennett, the driver of the car being passed, said he saw the SUV speeding by him then saw the underside of the car right in his front windshield.

"It was all pretty fast," he said. "He was rolling level with my steering wheel, so I cut over to the right to get out of it, and that's where he stopped."

Traffic was diverted from the highway for a couple of hours.

"It does appear that alcohol was involved tonight," said Corporal R.W. Solomon, Tulsa Police.

Officers say the driver was in very serious condition and was rushed to surgery Saturday morning.

"As of right now, he's still with us," Solomon said.