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Firefighters free Shawnee man trapped after overnight crash

News-Star staff

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports a Shawnee man was injured early Monday when his vehicle departed SH 9 in the Earlsboro area, prompting a rescue by Earlsboro and Tecumseh firefighters.

About 3:14 a.m., a 2007 Ford F150 was being driven westbound by Steven Griffith, 35, the OHP said, when the pickup departed the roadway from the Pott./Seminole County line and struck a ditch embankment.

The patrol said the vehicle went airborne and rolled one-half time, ejecting the driver. The vehicle landed on top of the driver and trapped him for about one hour, the patrol reports, before he was extricated by Tecumseh and Earlsboro firefighters by use of an airbag.

He was transported by Air Evac helicopter to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where he was admitted in stable condition with head, trunk internal, trunk external and leg injuries. In the report, troopers noted an odor of alcohol at the scene and said cause of the accident was unsafe speed. Seat belts were not in use.

The crash was investigated by Trooper Chris Hanover of Troop A, with assistance from the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office, the Tecumseh and Earlsboro Fire Departments and Absentee Shawnee Tribal police.