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Police say cell phone distraction to blame for Wednesday afternoon crash on U.S. 169

Police say cell phone distraction to blame for Wednesday afternoon crash on U.S. 169

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A 27-year-old motorcyclist was hospitalized following a Wednesday afternoon collision near the Broken Arrow Expressway, which a man reportedly said occurred because of a cell phone distraction.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation had two lanes shut down near 4200 U.S. 169 northbound to fill in potholes around 1:15 p.m., and the motorcyclist came to a stop because of slow traffic, Tulsa Police Sgt. Stephen Boyes said.

That’s when the driver of a white Chevrolet Silverado rear-ended him, he said.

“The driver of the pickup said he was on his phone and not paying attention,” Boyes said.

The accident shut down the entirety of U.S. 169 northbound for about an hour while officers investigated the scene. During that time, another non-injury collision involving two vehicles occurred on the same highway, Boyes said.

Joseph Jordan, who was driving the motorcycle, was transported to Saint Francis Hospital in serious condition. Officers said the hospital reported he was stable as of Wednesday afternoon.

David James, the 42-year-old Silverado driver, was not injured and drove the truck away from the scene, Boyes said.

Officer David Bohrer, who worked the collision, said James told him he was checking to see whether his phone rang, which led to the crash.

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