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OHP Trooper returns to work after crash


OHP Trp. Jason Richardson #367, who was injured January 19 after being struck by a vehicle in Pottawatomie County, has returned to work at OHP Troop A.

Richardson suffered serious injuries in the crash, including a broken leg, broken ribs and internal injuries.

Richardson was working previous crashes on the icy roadway along I-40 west of Shawnee when the driver of an SUV lost control, causing the vehicle to slide into the center median cable barrier, where it overturned. The vehicle struck the Trooper, throwing him into the roadway.

“My life was turned upside-down in a hurry,” Richardson said at a Wednesday press conference in Oklahoma City. He added that he was “humbled and very appreciative” for the outpouring of support from Oklahoma residents and others across the country in the following months.

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mike Thompson and OHP Chief Ricky Adams spoke at the event in Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

“We’re just thrilled to have Jason back,” Thompson said. “We are grateful to have him here with us today.”

OHP officials reminded Oklahoma drivers to be alert and to avoid distractions when driving,  to slow down during inclement weather, and to slow down and move over when emergency vehicles are stopped beside the road.

Richardson graduated from the 52nd OHP Academy in 2000. He returned to duty Oct. 3 after almost nine months of extensive rehabilitation and physical therapy.