OHP: Driver involved in procession crash on Oklahoma City highway followed traffic laws

Oklahoma troopers injured crash during procession

OKLAHOMA CITY — The motorcade leading the procession for Tulsa Police Sgt. Craig Johnson crashed on an Oklahoma City highway late Thursday morning.

Three troopers leading the procession were injured on the John Kilpatrick Turnpike just before the Broadway Extension around 10:30 a.m.

The procession left Tulsa earlier in the morning headed for LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma.

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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.

OHP officials say Trooper Rocky Barnes, who was going westbound on the shoulder to lead the motorcade, hit 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.

In a press conference Thursday afternoon, OHP officials gave an update on the three troopers injured during the crash.

They named the three involved as Trooper Rocky Barnes-- 22 year veteran, Trooper Steve Eason-- 18 year veteran, and Trooper Ron Watson-- 30 year veteran.

They say Troopers Eason and Watson are from the Tulsa department and were released from the hospital. Trooper Barnes is from the Oklahoma City department and is still in the hospital. He is expected to recover.

The procession including the ambulance carrying Sgt. Johnson continued after the highway became clear enough to move past.

Governor Kevin Stitt asked Oklahomans to pray for the troopers and family of Sgt. Johnson.