OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Officials are warning drivers about recent events that could have turned deadly on Oklahoma turnpikes.

This week, authorities with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority said the Chandler overpass bridge above eastbound I-44 was hit twice by illegal over height trucks.

Officials say the first vehicle had small pipes strapped down. When it hit the bridge beam, a pipe smashed into the windshield of a nearby vehicle.

Fortunately, the driver was not injured.

The OTA suggests making sure loads are properly secured by:

  • Tying down items with rope, netting, or straps
  • Tie large objects directly to the vehicle or trailer
  • Cover the entire load with a sturdy tarp or netting
  • Don’t overload the vehicle
  • Always double check to make sure it is secure.