Storms topple trucks, power lines across north central Oklahoma

Tuesday, August 13th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

An unusually strong cold front spawned severe thunderstorms that knocked down power lines and overturned tractor-trailers in northern Oklahoma early Tuesday, authorities said.

A truck driver received cuts when high winds blew through Kay County just after midnight and toppled three semis onto their sides, a dispatcher with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

There were reports of winds between 65 mph and 80 mph at the time.

Traffic was diverted off northbound Interstate 35 in Kay County onto the shoulder because the trucks blocked both lanes, the dispatcher said.

Power lines also were blown down around Kay and Garfield counties, with reports of about 500 customers without electricity.

There were no other immediate reports of damage or injury.