MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

August 28, 2013

Motorcyclist killed in collision with truck

It turned in front of him

By Thad Ayers
Phoenix Staff Writer

— A Wagoner man was killed Tuesday after his motorcycle collided with a tractor-trailer rig on U.S. 69.

Jessie Nail, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene, just north of the Arkansas River Bridge, east of Muskogee in Wagoner County, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The crash happened about 12:10 p.m. at the intersection of West 50th Street North and U.S. 69, the report states.

The red 1994 GMC tractor-trailer driven by Timothy Wheeler, 53, of Chouteau was going south. Wheeler legally turned east across the northbound lanes. Nail was driving the 2000 Kawasaki motorcycle north at high speed, and it struck the truck on the passenger side, just behind the cab, troopers said.

Nail, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle and landed in the intersection. The motorcycle caught fire and burned about 20 feet away. It smoldered for several minutes after emergency personnel arrived.

Wheeler, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured, troopers said. The truck bore the name of the John A. Yates Trucking company of Wagoner on its side.

The truck had a large dent behind its cab on the passenger side.

It’s not clear whether the truck was on its way to the nearby Muskogee Sand Co., but the vehicle’s cab indicated that the trucking company delivered sand, gravel and topsoil.

Traffic was reduced to one lane northbound just past the bridge for more than an hour as crews cleared the scene.

Troopers are continuing to investigate the cause of the collision, the report states.

Reach Thad Ayers at (918) 684-2903 or tayers@muskogeephoenix.com.