Pawhuska Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Landon Berry and a passenger in his vehicle escaped serious injury late last Wednesday when the school-owned vehicle collided with several bison that were loose on and along U..S Highway 60, according to unofficial reports.
Berry reportedly was returning from the Future Farmers of America state convention in Oklahoma City when the accident occurred, school personnel said. The superintendent was unavailable for comment.
The vehicle apparently sustained significant damage, but remained upright on the roadway, according to a driver who passed by the accident at around 11:45 p.m.
It was reported that several of the bison were injured and that six or more perished at the scene.
The highway mishap was in the vicinity of Bluestem Ranch, the bison-stocked ranch owned by former media mogul Ted Turner. Calls to the ranch made by the Journal-Capital were not returned at press time.
A spokesman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol office in Perry said the OHP would not have produced an accident report in connection with an incident in which no human injuries occurred. It was confirmed, however, that U.S. Highway 60 was closed for an hour or more late Wednesday and early Thursday as a result of a one-vehicle accident.
Berry is in his first year as the district’s superintendent.