Claremore Daily Progress


June 17, 2014

Sleepy driver hospitalized in weekend accident


Driver sleepiness contributed to a two-vehicle accident over the weekend on Will Rogers Turnpike.
A 2006 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Collinsville man Steven Compton, was westbound on the Will Rogers Turnpike – three miles east of Claremore at 2:20 p.m. Saturday, according to the report of Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Matt Sullivan,
Also, westbound near the same location was a second vehicle, a 2009 Dodge 3500, driven by Timmy Eades, traveling with Marlene Eades, both of Yukon.
Compton, 67, fell asleep at the wheel and his vehicle struck the flatbed trailer being pulled by Eades’ vehicle before departing the roadway to the right and coming to rest in the ditch near Mile Marker 258.5, according to the OHP report.
Compton was then transported by Pafford EMS to St. Johns Hospital in Owasso, where he was admitted in stable condition with internal trunk injuries and superficial injuries to his left elbow.
Following the collision, Eades pulled his vehicle over to the shoulder. Neither Timmy Eades, 67, or Marlene Eades, 66, were injured, according to the report.
Both drivers and passenger involved were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the incident, according to the report.
Trooper Matt Sullivan is with the Will Rogers Turnpike Detachment of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. He was assisted in his investigation by OHP Trooper Shawn Cummings.

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