MUSKOGEE, Okla. — A Muskogee man was credited with likely saving the life of a truck driver involved in a wreck Monday on the U.S. 412 Cimarron Turnpike in Pawnee County, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Patrick Lee Garrett Jr., 34, of Muskogee had been driving a 2014 Kenworth pulling a flatbed trailer with an oversized load and had pulled off the shoulder of the turnpike in the westbound lane. He was in the cab of the truck when another truck, a 2000 Freightliner driven by James Patrick Casey, 50, of Tulsa, hauling a FedEx trailer struck Garrett's truck, officers said.
Casey's truck ran off the right side of the road and struck the rear of Garrett's truck "causing both vehicles to catch fire," OHP said.
Investigating troopers said Garrett was able to get out of his burning truck, run up to Casey's truck and pull a trapped Casey from his burning truck.
OHP said the wreck happened about 6:45 a.m. Monday on the Cimarron Turnpike about four miles east of Oklahoma 18.
Casey was flown to Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa where he was admitted in critical condition with burn injuries. Attempts to get an update on his condition late Tuesday were unsuccessful. Garrett was taken to Stillwater Medical Center where he was treated and released with minor injuries, officers said.