Chandler man hospitalized after collision in Lincoln County

Elisabeth Slay | eslay@

A Chandler man was transported by AirEvac to OU Medical Center in critical condition after a crash that occurred around 9:20 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19 on State Highway 66, east of County Road 910, four miles west of Chandler in Lincoln County.

According to a report by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Adam Post, 30-year-old Rustin Eric Bender was driving his 2001 Nissan westbound of SH66 when he failed to negotiate a curve, sped of the roadway and hit the end of a guardrail.

Post said in his report, Bender flipped his car twice while striking a creek embankment and a power line support wire, before coming to a stop on top of the guardrail.

According to Post, Bender was admitted to OU Medical Center with several internal and external injuries.

The OHP report said the condition of Bender while he was driving is under investigation and the cause of the crash was speeding too fast for a curve.

Post said the seat belts were equipped, but not in use, the airbags were equipped, but didn't deploy, the weather was clear, the roadway was dry and Bender was ejected 70 feet.

In addition to OHP, Post said he was assisted by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, the Wellston Police Department and the Chandler Fire Department, EMS and AirEvac.