A Warning For Drivers: Slow Down!
Sunday, December 9th 2007, 11:23 am
By: News On 6
Many Green Country drivers are adding up the damage to their vehicles on Sunday. Icy roads left many drivers either upside down or in the ditch. At last check, there were no reports of serious injuries, but emergency crews were responding to several accidents in and around the Tulsa metropolitan area.
About 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning, a Toyota SUV ran off the entrance to the eastbound Will Rogers Turnpike from Highway 412. The SUV wound up in a grassy area. Two women and three children were taken to a Tulsa hospital to be checked out, but Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers tell The News On 6 the five people were not seriously hurt.
A second wreck happened on the Will Rogers Turnpike just after 7:00 a.m. before troopers could clear the interstate of the first accident. Troopers tell The News On 6 that a westbound Ford Explorer with Illinois tags lost control and hit a railing on the navigation channel bridge. According to OHP troopers, four men in the SUV were not hurt. Troopers tell The News On 6 the men were not speeding, but were probably unaware of the bridge and how icy it could get.
Watch the Video: 12/09/07: Traffic Accidents On The Will Rogers Turnpike
In Tulsa, a woman wrecked the Ford Explorer she was driving around 7:00 a.m. Police say the woman was driving west on 21st Street and lost control on the ice-covered bridge over Mingo Creek. Officers tell The News On 6 that the driver had to crawl out of the SUV because it flipped on its side. EMSA took the woman to a Tulsa hospital for examination.
Watch the Video: 12/09/07 Traffic Accident On 21st Street Near Highway 169.
If you find yourself stranded or are in an accident, OHPâ€™s emergency number is *55. An OHP trooper will respond as soon as possible.
Drivers who must travel are advised to call the Oklahoma Department of Public Safetyâ€™s statewide road conditionâ€™s number at 1-888-425-2385 or visit www.dps.state.ok.us. For all local inquiries, ODOT advises calling local city or county offices.
For out of state road conditions:
- Arkansas â€“ 1-800-245-1672
- Colorado â€“ 1-303-639-1111
- Kansas â€“ 1-866-511-5368
- Missouri â€“ 1-800-222-6400
- New Mexico â€“ 1-800-432-4269
- Texas â€“ 1-800-452-9292
Tulsa International Airport is open despite the icy weather. Spokeswoman Alexis Higgins tells The News On 6 that each airline is making its own decision about whether to cancel a flight. Higgins says that some airlines have decided not to fly into Tulsa during the icy weather, while some are just delaying their flights. Higgins told The News On 6 that Tulsa runways are clear and operations at the airport are going well. Passengers are encouraged to check with their airline before they leave.
For more advanced information: KOTV's Weather Tools: Travel Information
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