OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – As first responders are busy reporting to multiple accidents across the metro, officials say the cold temperatures and slick spots are wreaking havoc on rescue efforts.
Batt. Chief Benny Fulkerson, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department, told KFOR that crews had already responded to 32 wrecks before 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning.
“Like you all are saying, it’s those bridges and overpasses, and especially in the northern and western parts of our city, and even along the I-40 corridor. It’s just, it’s treacherous. I’ve been listening to our firefighters on these calls, on the radio traffic, and they just said, ‘This is a sheet of ice. We have eight vehicles involved. We’ve got 12 vehicles involved in this one.’ It’s just one after another,” said Fulkerson.
Fulkerson says drivers appear to be going too fast on the bridges and overpasses, which is causing them to lose traction. At that point, there is no way for them to slow down.
On Monday morning, multiple vehicles crashed as they tried to cross Oklahoma City Blvd. at I-40.
As a result of the pileup, Oklahoma City firefighters had to crawl on top of vehicles in order to access drivers who were injured.
Once they were able to reach a patient, fire crews had to slide them down the hill to get them to an ambulance.
Wreckers arrived to try and pull some of the vehicles apart to make it easier for first responders to reach patients.