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Driver, passenger rescued from overturned semi-truck on U.S. 412

Posted at 6:04 AM, Jun 04, 2019

PAWNEE COUNTY — A semi-truck carrying cattle overturned in Pawnee County on U.S. Highway 412 early Tuesday morning, injuring two men from Florida.

Tulsa Fire Department officials said the passenger quickly was freed from the wreckage, but the driver was trapped for about 6 hours. Multiple departments assisted and used various tools to try to free the man.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the wreck happened just east of Old Keystone Road when the truck had a blowout on the front passenger tire. The truck departed the roadway to the right and overturned a quarter-time, landing on its right side, the trooper's report says.

The passenger was transported by ambulance to a Tulsa hospital with leg injuries and treated and released. The driver was flown to a hospital after he was rescued. He was admitted in critical condition with leg injuries, OHP says.

The cattle were confined back into the trailer while crews worked and Sooner Emergency Services took possession of them.

Westbound lanes of U.S. 412 were closed 10 hours and 40 minutes. Traffic was diverted to a highway access road.

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