Slick Roads Lead To Rash Of Accidents

Monday, December 15th 2008, 7:58 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, OK -- The winter weather caused traffic problems on streets and roads across northeastern Oklahoma Monday morning.  

Because of the ice, many school districts are closed across the northeastern part of the state closed down as well.

Icy road conditions were to blame for several accidents, including a fatal accident on the Will Rogers Turnpike.  That accident occurred near the Adair exit.   

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a tractor-trailer hit an icy spot on the turnpike and veered off the road.

The cab of the rig turned upside down and caught fire. OHP troopers say a passenger of the semi died in that accident.

That wasn't the only accident on the Will Rogers Turnpike early Monday.

At mile markers 265 and 329, troopers say a several trucks were involved in accidents because of the slick conditions.   In the accident at mile marker 265, both the driver and a passenger were able to walk away from the accident with minor injuries.  

The other accident at mile marker 329 closed down the eastbound lanes of the turnpike for a time.

In Tulsa, police say a driver lost control late Sunday night at Utica and the Broken Arrow Expressway. The driver was taken to a Tulsa hospital with what Tulsa Police say are minor injuries.   

EMSA says it ran on at least 8 injury accidents, because of road conditions Monday between 5 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. 

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says they had a number of crews out across northeastern Oklahoma spreading salt and sand, especially on bridges and overpasses.

The same was true for a number of area cities. Sand crews were called out early Monday to spread salt and sand.  

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