Local & Regional
Thu December 26, 2013
Freezing Fog a Factor in Fatal Accident
Icy conditions played a role in a fatal crash this morning on U.S. 412, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Around 8 a.m., an SUV heading eastbound ran off the highway, rolled down an embankment and came to a stop upside-down in Keystone Lake. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
"We know that the lower temperatures, combined with some freezing fog, made the bridge slick," said OHP Capt. George Brown. "Road crews have been out on the Keystone Bridge and sanded and spread some materials."
There were two other accidents in the area around the same time.
One was a rollover crash with minor injuries. The car nearly hit a parked emergency vehicle on the scene of the fatal accident.
The other accident involved a car hitting the guardrail. There were no injuries in that accident.
Brown says drivers should slow down and allow more distance between vehicles while driving in freezing conditions.
"Check your local news for road and weather conditions," Brown said. "You can also go to our website. We have a weather map with specific locations and each troop throughout the state to warn motorists of any impending weather."