The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has identified a man found dead in his vehicle near the Creek Turnpike Friday morning.
Randy Ernstsen, 53, of Porter was found in his Ford Explorer near E. 61st Street where it passes under the turnpike in Wagoner County.
His vehicle was southbound on the turnpike when it left the roadway to the right, traveled 475 feet, struck a fence then a dirt embankment, then flew 34 feet across E. 61st St. and landed in a ravine.
He was wearing a seatbelt, and his airbags deployed.
The Medical Examiner will investigate to determine the cause of death, and whether a medical condition or other circumstances led Ernstsen to lose control of the vehicle.
Emergency responders initially got a call about a possible wreck Thursday evening about 6:30, but after driving up and down the turnpike for a while they couldn't find anything.
A local man driving on E. 61st Street spotted gravel on the roadway early Friday and called 911 about 7:30 a.m.
He had located the vehicle, and found the driver inside, deceased.