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Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper wrecks motorcycle on I-40, flown to hospital

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper riding a motorcycle wrecked this morning at Interstate 40 and Choctaw Road. He was flown to OU Medical Center for treatment. Tie-ups caused by the accident backed up I-40 traffic in southeastern Oklahoma County.
BY BOB DOUCETTE Modified: August 25, 2010 at 10:57 am •  Published: August 25, 2010
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An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper on a motorcycle was injured today when he wrecked his motorcycle while attempting to merge onto Interstate 40 at Choctaw Road.

About 9 a.m., trooper David Cravens, 44, was riding alongside another trooper when the accident happened. The two were on the I-40 on-ramp at Choctaw Road when something caused Cravens' motorcycle to swerve, bump his partner's bike, then slide across the westbound lanes of the highway, said patrol Capt. Chris West.

Cravens slid about 290 feet, West said. He was flown by helicopter to OU Medical Center for treatment. His partner was able to safely maintain control of his motorcycle, West said. It is unclear what caused Cravens to lose control.

West said Cravens suffered scrapes, abrasions and possibly broken ribs from the accident, though his condition is not yet known.

The accident caused traffic to back up along I-40 westbound coming into southeast Oklahoma County. The inside westbound lane was closed as the accident site was investigated and cleaned up.

Cravens has been with the patrol 2 years, West said.