Claremore Man Dies in Tulsa Accident


Monday, May 18th 2009, 11:34 am
By: News On 6


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TULSA, OK -- A traffic accident on U.S. Highway 75 near 56th Street North closed down the southbound lanes of the highway for over an hour Monday morning.

Tulsa Police say a pickup truck struck the back of a street sweeper.

Officers say the driver of the street sweeper was ok, but the driver of the pickup truck was taken to a Tulsa hospital and later died.    

The street sweeper was operated by a private contractor for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.  

The street sweeper was cleaning the inside shoulder of a bridge when it was hit by the pickup truck.

Tulsa Police have identified the victim as 57-year-old Daniel Kepler of Claremore.

The News On 6 photojournalist on the scene reported the truck left hardly any skid marks, even though that section of the highway is straight and the view of the bridge unobstructed.