OHP: Driver falls asleep, crashes truck into Tulsa hotel


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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 10/17/2013 7:11 pm Published: 10/17/2013 1:39 pm


A pickup truck crashed into a motel off I-44 and Garnett.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the driver veered his truck off the highway going westbound. The truck didn't stop moving until it rolled over into the Howard Johnson Inn around 9 a.m. on Thursday.

According to the OHP report the driver, John Underwood of Stroud, fell asleep while driving.

“He didn't lose control out on the highway, nobody even suggests that. He wasn't touched by any other vehicles," said Scott McCreary, with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

No alcohol or drugs were found in his system, either. OHP said he may have just fallen asleep behind the wheel.
Shelli Armstrong was driving when it happened.

"A black truck goes air-bound, really, really, high. And flies in the air, and as I go by, I see that it crashed into the motel, and it's still \ teeter-tottering as it landed," she said.

OHP said the truck went off the road and drove through a grassy area and then also hit a Chevrolet Trailblazer, which slowed the black truck down before the impact into the building.

"We heard screeching coming from outside this morning, then all of a sudden a loud bang. We got up and looked, and he was practically in our front door," said David Downey, a witness.

Downey was in the room next door to the impact. He saw the driver pinned for nearly a half-hour between the back seat and the driver's seat.

"He was covered in blood, and they were trying to get him out, and there was no way to get him out," said Downey.
When they got him out, he was able to talk with emergency responders, who took him to St. John's.

"I'm just glad that he's talking, and I'm hoping that he survives fine and without much injury," said Armstrong.

He is in stable condition with no life-threatening injuries. Although another vehicle was hit and possibly totaled by the out-of-control truck, no one else was injured

The Tulsa Fire Department installed support beams. When the truck hit the building it knocked out a pillar that held up the second floor.

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Mayor Maynot - 10/17/2013 5:24 PM
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Hit a motel like that. That's a hell of a wakeup call. Get a room #8 ^]]
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