Experts from the University of Tulsa and the Highway Patrol are conducting training this week in the latest techniques for investigating traffic collisions. The focus is on larger, commercial trucks. Lt. James Loftis is with the OHP’s State Crash Team. He says with this training and some new equipment, officers will be able to plug into trucks’ diagnostic detectors just like mechanics do. It will give them on-site information on things like speed, r-p-m’s, throttle position, whether brakes were activated, and other important facts related to the crash.
Saturation patrols this weekend will target DUI drivers going to and from school proms and other school related activities. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain George Brown says every prom season young people are killed or injured. He says troopers are making special efforts to try and prevent that this year. Special attention will be paid to I-244, I-44, Highways 169 and 75 and the downtown IDL.
The crackdown on DUI driving begins Saturday evening and runs through the early morning hours Sunday.
A truck carrying crude oil overturns and causes two ramps on the downtown Tulsa’s Inner Dispersal Loop to shut down. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said that Interstate 244 and the U.S. Highway 64/U.S. Highway 412 ramps to northbound Tisdale Parkway were closed.
The truck’s owner was ticketed for faulty equipment due to several of the tires on the truck and trailer being completely bald. The driver was also cited for speeding.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a man was killed in an early morning crash in Tulsa.
Troopers say the man lost control of his pickup on the Interstate 244 exit ramp to northbound U.S. 75 early Monday morning.
Authorities say the truck crashed into a guardrail and the man was ejected and fell from the elevated ramp to the pavement below. Authorities say it took emergency responders nearly an hour to find the body.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A truck driver is killed as the result of winds from severe thunderstorms in northeast Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 70-year-old Jimmy King of Ash Grove, Missouri was driving on the Will Rogers Turnpike near Afton Friday when straight-line winds flipped his semi onto a cement barrier wall and trapped him inside. Troopers say King was pinned in the wreckage for nearly three hours and died at the scene of massive injuries.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a person was killed when he or she attempted to run across Oklahoma Highway 51 in Tulsa County early Friday morning.
Authorities say the victim — who hasn't been identified — tried to run across the four-lane highway at about 5:40 a.m. Friday. The pedestrian was hit by a car driven by a 26-year-old woman from Mannford.
Authorities say the driver was unable to avoid the pedestrian.
The highway patrol says the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering injuries to the head, chest, arms and legs.