Oklahoma City, OK – Three Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) troopers are in critical condition after a crash that occurred during a procession for slain Tulsa Police Sergeant Craig Johnson.
The collision occurred on the Kilpatrick Turnpike westbound east of Broadway shortly before 11 a.m., Tulsa World reported.
According to initial reports, a vehicle pulled into traffic and collided with a motorcycle trooper, which set of a chain reaction involving several other motorcycle troopers, KJRH reported.
TROOPER-INVOLVED CRASH: Three Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers are in serious condition after a crash during the procession to Oklahoma City for fallen Tulsa Police Sgt. Craig Johnson.
— Tulsa's Channel 8 (@KTULNews) July 2, 2020
OHP spokesperson Sarah Stewart said that three troopers were transported from the scene, according to Tulsa World.
A medical helicopter was also involved in the transport, KJRH reported.
All three troopers are in critical condition, KWTV reported.
— OSBI (@OSBI_OK) July 2, 2020
“Three of our motors troopers were seriously injured just before 11:00 this morning in a crash while escorting fallen Tulsa Police Officer, Sgt. Craig Johnson,” the OHP confirmed in a Facebook post. “We are still investigating exactly what happened. The Kilpatrick Turnpike Westbound between Broadway and Eastern is still shut down.”
The procession was escorting Sgt. Johnson’s body from Tulsa to Oklahoma City, KJRH reported.
The body of fallen @TulsaPolice Sergeant Craig Johnson has arrived in OKC where they will harvest some of his organs for donation. Incredibly sad to let you know 3 @OHPtraffic troopers critically injured during a crash that happened on the Kilpatrick Turnpike during procession pic.twitter.com/j9NDNvWB7Y
— Tiffany Alaniz (@TiffanyAlaniz) July 2, 2020
“I ask Oklahomans to join the First Lady and me in praying for the recovery of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers who were injured, for their families and for all those affected by this terrible accident,” Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt said in press release.
“It is always difficult to receive news of first responders being injured in the line of duty, but it is especially heartbreaking to learn this incident happened during the procession for an officer who was senselessly murdered while protecting his community,” Stitt added.
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