A semi-truck traveling westbound on Highway 412 rear-ended a second semi-truck in Rogers County. The impact from the collision sent the driver in the first semi-truck to the hospital with injuries.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the collision occurred on Highway 412 just west of the Verdigris River bridge east of Catoosa at approximately 9:01 in the morning. Gerald McConnell, 58, from Skiatook had just merged onto the highway at the Port of Catoosa entrance when he was rear-ended. His truck was carrying grain. When the crash occurred, the grain spilled onto the highway and shoulder of the road.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol State Troopers stated that the preliminary investigation showed a medical condition might have been the cause of the collision. The driver of the semi-truck that rear-ended McConnell was identified as 58-year old Jiri Bartak from Oklahoma City. He was pinned inside his truck for 35 minutes while crews responded. When he was freed, he was taken to the hospital. Reports showed that he was in stable condition. McConnell refused treatment.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol was forced to close the westbound lanes of Highway 412 for a few hours while they cleaned up the grains that spilled as a result of the crash.
As Oklahoma truck crash lawyers, we know the potential for serious injuries and devastation after a collision between two vehicles of this size. In most instances, truck accidents with a semi-truck can be serious or catastrophic. We are happy to hear that both McConnell and Bartak are in stable condition and are expected to recover. We send our best wishes to both drivers.