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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Tuesday wreck blocks river bridge

  • Dangerous weather conditions contributed to an eight-car collision on the Red River highway bridge in Love County on Tuesday at about 6 a.m.


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  • Dangerous weather conditions contributed to an eight-car collision on the Red River highway bridge in Love County on Tuesday at about 6 a.m.
    There were very slick roads early that morning and while a driver lost control while heading north bound on the bridge that morning, said Love County Undersheriff Jason Bone.
    “I know that the first car was in fact the one that caused the whole accident because the driver was driving too fast on a slippery road. The car spun out and the others tried to miss it and wound up having eight cars wrecked on the bridge,” said Bone. “Cars were sitting everywhere on the bridge with one car sitting on top of another car.”
    U.S. Interstate 35 enters Oklahoma with U.S. Highway 77 on the bridge over the Red River just south of Thackerville. Bone said all of the vehicles had to be towed. Fire officials from Thackerville, the Love County EMS and the Shadyville Fire Department assisted Love County Sheriff officials in closing off the bridge and a section of I 35 for about two hours, said Bone.
    “There’s really no way to explain it other than there was just cars sitting on both sides of the bridge. It was a big mess is what it was,” Bone said. “It caused a multi-car accident as kind of a chain reaction.”
    A semi-truck was also involved in the accident. The driver of the 18-wheeler did not have to tow the vehicle, said Bone.
    No one was injured as a result of this accident, according to Department of Public Safety Lt. Chris Roan.
    Keith Howard, 221-6542
    keith.howard@ardmoreite.com
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