A Rogers County-based Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper is being credited with saving the life of a passenger involved in a single-vehicle rollover crash near the Rogers County line Wednesday afternoon.
According to Lt. George Brown with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Trooper Scott Shropshire responded to a call on a one-vehicle rollover on U.S. 169 at the Rogers and Nowata County line.
Upon arrival, Shrophsire found an overturned SUV in a water-filled ditch, with the lone occupant trapped inside and the vehicle "quickly filling with water," Lt. Brown said.
Shropshire then entered the vehicle and held the man's head above the water until fire crews removed the windshield and freed the man with the Jaws of Life.
Although not identified, the man was driving a vehicle bearing a Texas license plate and was reported as being "in excess of 400 pounds," Lt. Brown said.
The man was then transported to St. Johns Hospital in Tulsa, where he was admitted in stable condition.
Lt. Brown said he was confident that the man was saved from drowning from "the quick actions of Trooper Shropshire."
OHP Trooper Scott Shropshire is with Troop B Rogers County Detachment.