A McLoud police officer reportedly had to dive over an Interstate 40 cable barrier while working an accident near SH 102 Thursday night, then watched as the alleged drunk driver swerved and struck a tow truck driver, who was thrown into the air after being hit.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating the accident, and although a report was still awaited from troopers late Friday, the McLoud Police Department did release a statement regarding the incident.
It was about 8 p.m. when Reserve McLoud Police Officer John Burrows responded to I-40 at mile marker 175 to assist troopers with traffic control at an accident scene.
“As one of the wrecked vehicles was being removed from the scene by the wrecker, another vehicle slammed into the back of Burrow’s patrol car, forcing him to dive over the cable barrier, causing injury to one of his legs,” according to the statement released by McLoud Police Major Carol Pendley.
After that, the suspect vehicle allegedly swerved and hit the wrecker driver, she said, throwing him through the air and onto the ground.
State troopers arrested two occupants from that vehicle at the scene, Pendley said, adding, “alcohol was suspected as cause of the crash.”
Officer Burrows was taken to St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital, were he was treated for a leg injury and released, she said.
The driver of the tow truck, whose name hasn’t yet been released by the patrol, was taken to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. At last check, Pendley said his condition was listed as serious but stable.
While OHP is working the accident, Pendley said the McLoud Police Department will conduct a review of what happened. She said the McLoud patrol car is a total loss.
The accident affected both directions of traffic most of the evening.
Watch for updates.