Emergency crews respond to 3 fatal, over 80 injury crashes in Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY – Emergency crews are responding to three fatal and over 80 injury crashes Thursday in Oklahoma City.
The first fatality was reported around 7:30 p.m. on westbound I-240 and Pennsylvania.
The second was around 8:30 p.m. on eastbound I-40 and Garth Brooks Boulevard.
The third was around 9:10 p.m. on I-35 and Hefner Road.
Around 5:45 p.m., EMSA said there were crashes with multiple vehicles on both highways and bridges.
The Oklahoma City Fire Department said it has responded to 81 ‘Signal 82s’ since 5 p.m.
There were several non-injury crashes, as well.
The department also said “unfortunately, they are still being reported quickly.”
As of 8 p.m., the Oklahoma Department of Transportation said it was still reporting slick spots and freezing precipitation.
Salt and sand operations are underway, and drivers are urged to use caution.
ODOT said it will continue to monitor highway conditions into the night.
During snowy and icy conditions, motorists are asked to:
- Stay at least 200 feet behind road clearing equipment. Crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.
- Allow extra space between vehicles to provide adequate distance for braking.
- Be aware of ‘black ice,’ which looks wet on the roadway but is a thin layer of ice.
- Be patient, plan trips ahead and allow extra time in reaching destinations.
This is a developing story. Check back for update.