An Altus man was injured in an accident on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike Saturday after he was said to have fallen asleep at the wheel.
Reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol state that Steven R. Hankins, 22, of Altus, was driving a 2013 Dodge Dart at 7:16 a.m. westbound Saturday when he apparently fell asleep and ran off the road to the right. The vehicle struck the guardrail, vaulted down an embankment and rolled two and 3/4 times. He was pinned for approximately 35 minutes before being freed by the Tuttle and Bridgecreek Fire Departments using the Jaws of Life.
Hankins was taken by Mediflight to the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City where he was admitted with head, trunk internal, arm and leg injuries. He was listed in critical condition.
Seat belts were equipped and in use, and airbags were equipped and deployed.
The accident was investigated by Trooper Glen Zink of Troop YC detachment, and was assisted by Trooper John Hambrick, the Bridgecreek and Tuttle Fire Departments, the Grady County Sheriff’s Office and OTA.