TULSA- OHP says an elderly man was driving a minivan eastbound on the Creek Turnpike when he realized he made a wrong turn.
The man then drove through the pay lane, crossed over the Pike Pass traffic lanes and attempted an illegal u-turn in the center median.
Another man, who was also traveling eastbound, was unable to stop and struck the minivan with his 53 foot empty flat bad tractor trailer.
Officials were called to the collision just before noon.
"This is a serious collision which, unfortunately, may have been avoided," said OHP Captain George Brown. "The no u-turn signs prohibiting motorists from crossing the center barriers on turnpikes should be considered life-saving features. Our advice for motorists; strictly adhere to traffic control devices and take controlled highway exits, even if it means driving out of your way. We wish the best for all injured parties involved this terrible crash."
The minivan driver suffered serious injuries and was flown by Life Flight to a Tulsa hospital where he remains in critical collision. The man's wife, who was in the passenger seat, was taken to a Tulsa hospital where she is listed in serious but stable condition.
The semi driver received minor injuries to his leg, but refused treatment on scene.