THACKERVILLE, Okla. (AP) _ A bus carrying rock-‘n’-roller Chubby Checker struck a semi-tractor trailer early this morning. Checker was not among the five people injured, authorities said.
″He’s on there,″ said Charles Lynch, a supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, referring to Checker. ″He’s just wandering around. He ain’t hurt. About four or five were hurt.″
Lynch said he was told the bus slammed into the rear end of an 18-wheeler.
Five people were being treated for minor injuries at the Love County Health Center in Marietta, said hospital spokesman Richard Barker. ″We did not treat Mr. Checker, so evidently he was not injured,″ Barker added.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the 5:45 a.m. accident involved a semi- tractor trailer and a bus carrying 12 passengers. The accident closed both southbound lanes of Interstate 35 just north of the Texas border.
Checker gained international fame three decades ago as the man who popularized the dance known as the ″twist.″ He reportedly was en route from Chicago to San Antonio when the accident occurred.