BARNSDALL WRECK: Teen driver injured

Mike Erwin | merwin@examiner-enterprise.com

A 17-year-old Osage County girl was seriously injured Saturday after she lost control of the vehicle she was driving approximately a half mile south of Barnsdall.

The vehicle — a Ford Explorer — was northbound on County Road 2409 when it exited the roadway on the right and went into a slide following a sequence of steering overcorrections by the driver, the Oklahoma High Patrol said. OHP reports indicated the vehicle struck an embankment and was airborne for around 40 feet before landing on its passenger side and rolling three-quarters of a turn.

Samaritan Ambulance transported the injured driver, first to Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville and then to Tulsa’s St. Francis Hospital, where she was admitted in stable condition with internal injuries. The juvenile driver’s name was not released.