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January 28, 2011

Motorcycle spill triggers second crash

Two go to MRMC, rider has life-threatening injuries

A Muskogee man was injured in a motorcycle crash, and before the roadway was cleared, another crash happened, injuring another driver.

Jack Jenkins, 65, was injured after losing control of his motorcycle at the end of an on-ramp, entering U.S. 62 from the Muskogee Turnpike.

Jenkins was transported to Muskogee Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, said Rebecca Smith, Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service spokeswoman.

Jenkins was following other motorcycle riders, lost control, and his motorcycle ended up 35-feet down the pavement from him, said Officer Drew Branan.

Jenkins was wearing a helmet.

As emergency personnel tended to Jenkins, with U.S. 62 narrowed down to one lane, another wreck occurred.

Henrietta Taylor of Fort Gibson was driving a 2002 Buick and tried to move from the outside lane to the inside lane when she saw the motorcycle crash ahead.

Her car was hit from behind by a 2003 GMC Yukon driven by Joshua Brooks, 25, of Fort Gibson.

“The Yukon was following too closely and hit her car in the rear-end, causing her to veer into the median,” said Officer Brad Giulioli.

Muskogee County EMS transported the woman to MRMC with non-life threatening injuries, said Smith.

Brooks was cited for following too closely, said Officer Andy Hudgens.

Reach Wendy Burton at 684-2926 or wburton@muskogeephoenix .com.

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