Body Recovered From Car Swept Away By Tulsa Flooding

Wednesday, May 1st 2019, 5:30 am
By: Amy Slanchik

Tulsa firefighters said a man is dead after he drove off Highway 169 and into a creek during thunderstorms Tuesday night, April 30. 

Rescue crews have recovered the vehicle that went into fast-moving flood waters near the Broken Arrow Expressway and Highway 169 interchange. 

Tulsa Fire Department Public Information Officer Andy Little said the victim is a 55-year-old man. His name is not being released until family is notified.

A witness saw the vehicle - at first thought to be a black SUV - go off the ramp from southbound Highway 169 heading to the eastbound Broken Arrow Expressway. The witness says the vehicle sank immediately after going into Mingo Creek.

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Tulsa firefighters were nearby at another call and rushed over but couldn't find the car, especially with the swift-moving water of Mingo Creek.  

The car was found behind Roy Clark Elementary School at 3656 S. 103rd E. Ave., more than a mile from where it was swept away.