Two persons involved in two separate vehicle crashes on Interstate 40 Thursday morning did not appear to have life-threatening injuries, rescuers report.
The first crash involved a single vehicle driven by a male. The vehicle ran off the road to the north in the westbound lane at about the 315 mile marker. The car rolled then went airborne and landed upside down in a tree.
Muldrow and Sallisaw Fire Department first responders were able to rescue the driver, who was conscious. He was flown by helicopter to an area hospital. The helicopter was able to land at the Interstate 40 westbound rest area, but was not able to return to Tulsa due to bad weather, according to reports.
The second crash occurred when traffic was slowed because of the first crash. Rescuers reported a vehicle slowed due to rescue efforts at the first crash, but the driver of a pickup truck, pulling a trailer and following the car, did not notice and struck the car from behind. A pregnant woman in the car was transported to a Fort Smith hospital by ambulance to be checked out.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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