Multiple injuries reported in pair of Osage County accidents

Tim Hudsonthudson@examiner-enterprise.com
Multiple injuries reported in pair of Osage County accidents

Several injuries were reported in a pair of Osage County accidents over the weekend.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the first accident occurred 12:23 p.m. Friday at the intersection of U.S. Highway 60 and Hunt Road, which is approximately 5 miles east of Ponca City.

A Chevrolet truck was westbound on U.S. 60. It crossed the center line entering the path of an eastbound Chrysler minivan, driven by 37-year-old Andrew Kirk, of Santa Barbara, Calif. Kirk was able to swerve and miss the truck but the truck then struck a cement culvert.

Authorities say the driver of the truck, who has not been identified, left the scene following the accident.

Kirk was transported by Ponca City EMS to Ponca City Hospital where he was treated and released.

One passenger, 82-year-0ld Frank Kirk, also of Santa Barbara, Calif., was transported to Ponca City Hospital where he was admitted in stable condition with head injuries.

Another passenger, 72-year-old Lynn Kirk, was not injured in the accident.

Troopers say the condition of the driver of the truck was “unknown” and the cause of the collision was “left of center.”

The second accident happened at 9:13 p.m. Sunday on U.S. Highway 412 westbound, 8/10 of a mile west of State Highway 151, which is approximately 5.7 miles south of Prue.

At that time, a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by 42-year-old Eric R. Bunce of Tulsa was westbound on U.S. 412 and lost control of the vehicle. Bunce reportedly “came to a rest in the center median and the motorcycle came to rest on the shoulder.”

Bunce was then transported by Mercy Regional Ambulance to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa where he was admitted in stable condition with head, trunk, internal, arm and leg injuries.

Troopers listed the condition of the driver and the cause of the collision as DUI.