Bryan County man flown to the hospital after crashing into creek

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CALERA, Okla. (KXII)- Don Weddle says he woke up to the sound of a helicopter landing just across the street from his house, as Oklahoma Highway Patrol requested an air evacuation for a man that crashed his truck into this creek early Monday morning.

"I heard a helicopter come in about two o'clock this morning, I thought it was about to land on my house so I got up to look, and there were several lights up and down the road here for about a quarter of a mile. So I got up, and I knew something bad had happened," said Weddle.

Troopers say Hunter Burkhalter was driving south on Kirsey Road just after midnight, when he went straight through the stop sign, hit a tree, then flipped his truck over into the creek.

"When I looked down there to see where his truck was at and what it was, he was down the creek about 200 feet down there and you just barely see it," said Weddle.

Burkhalter was pinned inside his truck for over an hour, and was rescued by Durant and Calera fire departments.

An OHP report states Burkhalter smelled of alcohol, and was not wearing a seatbelt.

Weddle says he has lived in the area for over 30 years, and this isn't the first accident he's seen happen in this location.

"It's dark here on this corner. It's like any place out in the country, when you're going down the road, if there's no reflectors in a T in the road. If you don't know the road its going to be a dangerous situation," said Weddle.

Burkhalter is in a Plano hospital, where he's being treated for injuries to his head, trunk, arms and legs, and a family member says he is in stable condition.