The Edmond Sun

January 6, 2012

I-35 crash closes northbound lanes

OHP urges rush-hour commuters to find alternate route

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Northbound lanes of I-35 near 122nd Street likely will be closed through the end of rush hour due to a fatality crash involving two semi-trucks, a trooper said Friday afternoon.

Personnel from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and Oklahoma City’s Stormwater Quality Management Department are at the site of the crash, which occurred at about 1 p.m., said OHP Trooper Betsy Randolph.

For some reason, a semi traveling southbound on I-35 crossed over and collided with a semi traveling northbound, Randolph said. The driver of the semi traveling northbound was killed, and fluid from that truck spilled onto the highway, she said.

A sign crossing the highway was damaged when the truck traveling northbound struck a support pole, Randolph said. Part of the roadway also was damaged, she said.

The driver of the other semi, who did not appear to have suffered serious external injuries, was transported to a metro hospital, Randolph said.

Information on the identities of the drivers of the trucks was not immediately available, Randolph said. The southbound truck was a Haliburton tanker that was empty, she said. The northbound truck was a box trailer.

Several secondary crashes occurred, Randolph said.

Randolph urged motorists to take alternate routes, if possible, into early Friday evening and asked for their understanding after what was a tragic incident.
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