A motorcyclist from Porterville, California was killed last month when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 40 in Washita County, Oklahoma, and struck an oncoming vehicle. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the accident happened at 5:51 a.m. on the eastbound side on I-40.
Anthony S. Tucker was driving a 2001 Kawasaki westbound in the eastbound lane at a high rate of speed for an unknown reason, according to the OHP. 24-year-old Dakota R. Buckner of Elk City, Oklahoma was driving the correct way in a 2003 GMC Envoy when the motorcycle hit him head-on.
The impact threw Tucker 150 feet east of the impact. His motorcycle travelled 373 feet east of the impact, where it caught on fire and burned.
Police said Tucker was pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries.
Buckner’s vehicle rolled once after the impact, causing him leg injuries. Emergency responders took him to the Great Plains Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.
Authorities say the cause of the collision is still under investigation.
Sometimes there are motorcycle accidents where the cause is difficult to understand. Why was Tucker travelling the wrong way on the road? We hope, if just for the sake of his family, authorities can make sense of why he did what he did.
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