Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

July 1, 2014

Two men hospitalized after separate crashes

TAHLEQUAH — Two Tahlequah men were hospitalized following unrelated crashes over the weekend.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers said 24-year-old Chance Smith was driving a 1998 Nissan truck on 450 Road, north of State Highway 51, Friday night. Smith’s vehicle left the road, overcorrected and rolled several times. Troopers said Smith was ejected during the roll.

Smith was taken by medical helicopter to a Tulsa hospital and listed in stable condition with internal, head, leg, and arm injuries. According to the OHP crash report, Smith’s ability was impaired. Troopers have listed the cause of the crash as alcohol. Smith was not wearing a seat belt, according to the OHP.

Troopers also responded to a one-car crash Sunday night near Grand View and Bryant roads. The OHP says 29-year-old Anthony Leon Thomas was headed west on Grand View Road when he overcorrected, went into a ditch, struck a fence and rolled about two times.

Thomas was taken by medical helicopter to a Tulsa hospital and listed in stable condition with head and internal injuries. Troopers said Thomas smelled of alcohol. He was wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred.

Both crashes are under investigation.

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