Staff and Wire Reports
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is reporting that roadways in parts of the state remain slick and hazardous following a winter storm that dumped heavy snow and ice on the state.
ODOT said Thursday morning that travel is discouraged -- especially in northeastern Oklahoma where the heaviest snowfall was recorded. Westbound Interstate 40 was closed early Thursday and was expected to remain closed until at least mid-morning between Seminole and Earlsboro because of a jack-knifed tractor-trailer rig.
The transportation department also reported a vehicle has run off the roadway at MM 322 on the westbound side into the Spring River. The westbound side of the road has closed for four helicopters to land and for rescue. Firefighters are attempting to lower a basket over the bridge to rescue the six people that made it on top of the roof of the vehicle.
The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has reported heavy snow buildup on the roadway at MM 309 just about four miles west of Miami, Okla. has caused the westbound lanes on the Will Rogers Turnpike to shut down. Crews said the turnpike will close at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday and expect to reopen by about 12:30 p.m.
The department said some road crews have been brought from western Oklahoma areas that were not as hard hit by the storm to help clear roadways in central and eastern Oklahoma.