Claremore Daily Progress

July 8, 2013

OKC man injured in weekend collision

Tom Fink
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE —

An Oklahoma City man was sent to a local hospital over the weekend, following a two-vehicle collision on a Rogers County road.
A 1998 Freightliner truck/tractor, driven by Skiatook resident Gerald McConnell, was westbound on US412 in Rogers County shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday, according to the report of OHP Trooper Leonard McMillan Baker.
At the same time, a second vehicle, a 2000 Freightliner truck/tractor, driven by Jiri Bartak of Oklahoma City,  also was westbound on the same stretch of road.
McConnell had merged on to US 412 from US 412P and was established in the outside lane, accelerating to highway speed when he was struck from behind by Bartak’s vehicle, according to the trooper’s  report.
Following the collision, Bartak, 58, was pinned in his vehicle for 35 minutes before being freed by members of the Oak Grove Fire Department using the Hurst Tool. 
Bartak was transported by Pafford EMS to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where he was admitted in stable condition with an apparent “medical condition,” according to the trooper’s report.
McConnell, 58, refused treatment at the scene. 
Trooper Baker is of Troop B, Rogers County Detachment with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.