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Near fatal accident near Winstar World Casino

Near fatal accident near Winstar World Casino

28 News 01/10/2022 6889

Thackerville, OK – Approximately at 2:12 p.m., a heavy-duty commercial crane truck overturned heading South on the 35E eastbound service road near exit 1 from the current expanding Winstar World Casino. The crane truck is believed to be from the current construction site for the expansion of the casino.

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Local Gainesville business owner James Hooper of Empire Shuttle & Roadside Service witnessed the crane truck traveling at a higher rate of speed which resulted in the near-death rollover.

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I had just exited off from 35E headed to the Winstar to drop off a customer. I immediately noticed a commercial crane truck from beyond the second turn lose control and began to tilt over on its left side heading straight towards me. Without hesitation, I quickly stopped while observing my rearview mirror for followers. No one was behind me so I reversed my truck and backed up about 50 feet to clear a reasonable safety radius for the impact zone. At the moment the crane truck ended its slide into the ditch, my customer called 911 while I ran to the overturned truck to help rescue the driver. 2 other men joined and assisted me at the overturned truck to successfully extract the driver and help him to a safe area away from a potential explosion due to leaking fuel.

After the male driver was safely relocated away from the vehicle, I noticed that traffic was beginning to back up so with my safety vest on, I proceeded to guide traffic for a few minutes until the Casino's firefighters showed up. Before I left, I updated a firefighter that there is a confirmed fuel leak & the male driver appears to be responsive at this time, witness James Hooper said.

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At the time of departure, the young male driver was observed walking away with non-life-threatening injuries.

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