Heavy winds reportedly blew a Sand Springs man’s motorcycle off the road Saturday in Osage County.

According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports, the accident happened around 3:11 p.m. on County Road 1701 about 1.2 mile east of County Road 1705, which is approximately 3.7 miles east and 1.2 miles north of Osage in Osage County.

Troopers said a 2008 Honda Goldwing motorcycle, driven by 69-year-old Michael Rice of Sand Springs, was westbound on County Road 1701. Rice was reportedly attempting to negotiate a turn onto Road 1705, when “a gust of wind caused (the motorcycle) to depart the roadway to the right.” It then “traveled through a ditch before impacting a fence.”

Rice then “became separated” from the bike and “dragged approximately 200 feet before the passenger was able to stop the vehicle.”

Rice was then transported by Hominy EMS to Cleveland Area Hospital before being transported to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, where he was admitted in stable condition for trunk external and head injuries.

One passenger, 68-year-old Margaret Rice, also of Sand Springs, was transported by Hominy EMS to Cleveland Area Hospital where she was treated and released for head and trunk external injuries.

Troopers listed Michael Rice’s condition at the time of the accident as “apparently normal” and the cause of the collision as “weather.”