The Norman Transcript

December 27, 2013

OHP trooper released from hospital after collision


The Associated Press

GERONIMO, Okla. — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a state trooper has been treated and released from a hospital after a collision in Comanche County.

The highway patrol says the crash happened Thursday afternoon on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. According to a preliminary report, Lt. Jerry Howell was parked on the eastbound shoulder of the road with the emergency lights activated on his vehicle.

The highway patrol says the driver of a tractor-trailer looked away from the road to pick up a cup and drifted onto the shoulder. The truck skidded more than 90 feet before striking Howell's vehicle on the shoulder.

The highway patrol says Howell suffered a head injury and was treated and released from a hospital.