Troopers injured in crash while escorting fallen TPD sergeant

Published: 07/02/2020, 1:44 PM
Edited: 03/11/2021, 10:22 AM
(TULSA, Okla.) UPDATE: As the motorcade of law enforcement vehicles was traveling on the Kilpatrick Turnpike, a motorist driving westbound in an Infiniti QX80 observed the procession behind her and pulled to the right, stopping on the westbound shoulder so the procession could pass. Trooper Rocky Barnes, who was going westbound on the shoulder to lead the motorcade, struck the left rear bumper of the Infiniti QX80 as it was parked on the shoulder. The OHP motorcycle then traveled back into the westbound lanes, where it collided with other OHP motorcycles. OHP has determined that the driver of the Infiniti QX80 had legally pulled to the shoulder, stopped, and did not violate any traffic laws. Trooper Barnes was injured as well as Trooper Steve Eason and Trooper Ron Watson. Two of the troopers were treated and released from the hospital today. One remains hospitalized but is expected to recover. ORIGINAL STORY: Three Oklahoma Highway Patrol Motor Troopers are recovering after being injured in a crash Thursday morning on the Kilpatrick Turnpike in Oklahoma City at 10:53 a.m.
The troopers were part of the motorcade procession for fallen Tulsa Police Officer, Sgt. Craig Johnson. The procession left Tulsa earlier in the morning headed for LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma at 6105 N. Robinson in Oklahoma City. The crash happened in the westbound lanes of the Kilpatrick Turnpike between Broadway Extension and Eastern. The investigation into exactly what caused the crash is ongoing but three motorcycle troopers sustained injuries. The injured troopers are identified as Trooper Rocky Barnes #393, a 22 year veteran of the patrol, Trooper Steve Eason #419, an 18 year veteran of the patrol and Trooper Ron Watson #817, a 30 year veteran of the patrol. Two of the troopers have already been released from the hospital and a third will remain hospitalized.


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