Sleet and lightning stop drivers on I-40

Posted on: 12:27 pm, February 21, 2013, by , updated on: 04:13pm, February 21, 2013


OKLAHOMA CITY – Sleet caused issues on the highways Thursday morning as the dangerous conditions peaked.

Lightning lit up the sky and sleet hammered the pavement.

Truck driver George Oliver said the slick roads were so dangerous even he got nervous.

“You fishtail a lot, just kinda wrestle the steering wheel,” he said.

Oliver and other drivers creeped along Interstate 40 as the ice built up for nearly five hours.

Maxine Buchanan battled icy bridges all the way from Enid.

“I’m always nervous when I drive in it,” she said. “You hit spots when we come to an overpass or bridge, you gotta watch it.”

Salt trucks and snow plows worked to clear the roads but even in his big truck, Oliver said that wasn’t entirely helpful.

“I was behind the plows and we were still swerving around,” Oliver said.

Paramedics worked a number of wrecks with some injuries.

Still, Oliver had to keep trucking on through the sleet but he warns others to slow down when the ice pours down.