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Two National Guardsmen recovering after crash on Will Rogers Turnpike

Posted at 12:26 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 17:27:05-05

TULSA, Okla. — Two Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen are recovering after a crash Monday on Will Rogers Turnpike in northeastern Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma National Guard said both soldiers were taken to a hospital, and they are expected to be okay.

According to the National Guard, the passenger in the military vehicle was treated for minor injuries and the soldier who was driving at the time of the incident received more severe injuries. Officials said the driver of the other vehicle was unharmed.

The Guardsmen were on the turnpike working with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to rescue stranded drivers from hazardous winter weather conditions.

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“This accident serves as an example of the risks that Oklahoma Guardsmen take when coming to the aid of their fellow Oklahomans before, during and after severe weather events,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson, the adjutant general for Oklahoma.

Thompson has asked Oklahomans to help Oklahoma’s Soldiers and Airmen by staying off the roads.

“In order to reduce the risk of injury, we ask that everyone stay off the roads unless it is an emergency," he said.

OHP is currently investigating the crash.

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