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OKLAHOMA CITY – A semi carrying three four-ton oil field tanks smashed into the northwest expressway overpass Tuesday.

“I was a little too high, bridge was a little too low,” said Antonio Romero.

Romero has been driving semis six years now. He knew his load was 15 feet high. Signs warned him the bridge was 14 feet, eight inches high.

“So I dropped my airbags to try and clear it, but it just one of those days,” said Romero.

He explained to police the truck wouldn’t go down the four extra inches, sending two of the 8,000 pound oil tanks flying off the back of his semi.

“I just feel it and stopped the truck right away and got out the truck to make sure everyone was okay,” said Romero.

No one was hurt, and the tanks were empty. So, there were no hazardous chemicals to clean up. The concern was the bridge.

Drivers were at a near standstill on Northwest Expressway and May Ave. The city inspected the bridge and opened it back up two hours later.

The tanks were headed to a South Oklahoma oil field from a Kansas company called KBK.

“It happens. Accidents happen to everybody,” said Romero.

Police ticketed him for overloading a bridge.

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