USA –A motorcycle passenger was flown by helicopter to Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas, after a crash early Friday evening east of Durant on Highway 70.
Jamie Harner, 20, Kenefic, is listed in stable condition with leg injuries, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. Harner was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by Letisha Eddins, 28, Durant.
According to the patrol, the cycle was eastbound at approximately 5:30 when Rosa McKinney, 57, Caddo, who was driving a Buick, failed to yield from a private drive. Eddins’ cycle struck the car on the driver-side rear bumper. The motorcycle then traveled off the right side of the roadway and ejected the occupants approximately five feet.Eddins was treated and released at the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma for trunk and arm injuries. McKinney was not injured.
Troopers Mike Green and Darren Alexander, assisted by the Durant Police Department, investigated the crash.
In other emergency calls, a man burned a leg trying to stomp out a grass fire Friday afternoon at The Medicine Store, 311 N. Washington Ave. According to a fire department report, a person was welding on a sign and grass caught fire. A worker then tried to stomp on the flames and burned one of his legs. He was taken to the hospital by private vehicle. The fire was snuffed with a fire extinguisher. At approximately 10:30 a.m. Friday, firefighters put out a small grass fire on the side of Highway 69/75 near Washington Avenue.
Durant firefighters soaked up spilled fuel from a tipped-over semi Thursday evening, and put out a grass fire earlier in the day.
Firefighters were dispatched at 8:41 p.m. to Choctaw Road to assist with a tractor-trailer rig that turned over on its side. According to a department report, a small amount of diesel fuel had leaked on the road and firefighters used an absorbent material to soak it up.
The Police and fire department responded to a motorcycle wreck along side Highway 70 on Friday evening. The motorcycle was carrying two passengers. One victim was care flighted out due to leg injuries.
Firefighters cleaned up the fuel after the semi was uprighted.
At 4:17 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to a grass fire on South Ninth Avenue west of Tennessee Street that was near a structure. Firefighters put out the fire before it could cause damage.
It was not known who owned the property or how the fire started.
Also Thursday, firefighters responded to an automobile accident at 9:32 p.m. in front of Lakeway One Stop on West Highway 70. That call was canceled because no one was seriously injured.