Overturned semi shuts down I-40

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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - A violent semi crash closed a busy stretch of I-40 near Tinker Air Force Base Thursday morning.

The trailer of the semi completely covered all three lanes of I-40 westbound and cab covered one lane of I-40 eastbound.

The truck shattered the wall, tore reflectors out of the concrete and spilled 150 gallons of diesel onto the roadway.

"That fuel is going to take several hours to clean up," Major David Richardson said. "It`s been contained but the surface is extremely slick."

This particular stretch of I-40 is one rescue workers said is especially dangerous for drivers and they need to use caution.

"This curve has been notoriously responsible for many wrecks at this exact point," Richardson said. "It generally occurs after a light misting or rain."

The driver and passenger of the semi escaped without any serious injuries.

"As you can see, the accident, the damage it caused to the concrete, the median, chunks flying off, it`s pretty rare nobody was hurt," Richardson said.

The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation but troopers said they don't believe speed was a factor.

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