By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor
Well-known Northwest Rogers County firefighter and training officer John Bortner was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash early Sunday morning on US 169 south of Talala.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Russell Stripling said Bortner, a 45-year-old Northwest firefighter who resides in Talala, was driving his 2003 Harley Davidson Motorcycle at 1:01 a.m. at a high rate of speed north on US 169 one-half mile south of County Road East 350.
Bortner, who was alone on the bike, lost control and the motorcycle began to wobble. It went off the roadway to the right where the cycle overturned.
Trooper Stripling said Bortner was treated on the ground by firefighters, a ground ambulance crew, and the crew of an AirEVAC LifeTeam helicopter ambulance which took him to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. He was admitted in stable condition with head and trunk-internal injuries and was listed in stable condition.
Trooper Stripling’s report said the weather was clear and the four-lane divided asphalt pavement was dry. Bortner was not using a helmet at the time of the crash.
Stripling ordered the highway closed for 23 minutes, from 0137 hours until 0200 hours, so the helicopter would have a safe zone in which to land and care for the patient before taking off for Tulsa.