Investigation Into Deadly OKC Accident Involving Container Truck Continues


Friday, August 1st 2014, 9:58 pm
By: News 9


The investigation into a deadly accident after a military truck slammed into an Oklahoma City bridge continues.

A military truck hauling a container hit the bridge, Thursday afternoon. A driver coming the other way was killed when the container crushed his pickup.

Oklahoma City police told News 9 it could take weeks before they have all the answers.

ODOT says the warning sign heading eastbound for the bridge height is within 1,000 feet of the bridge, defined by federal regulations.

Joe Maher heard the deadly accident under the railroad overpass.

“Trucks have hit the bridge; cranes have hit the bridge,” said Maher. “Most recently, a track hoe came off a trailer right here.”

The bridge is 13 feet and nine inches.

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“They measure from the lowest point of the bridge to the highest point of the road,” explained ODOT Spokesman Cole Hackett. “So, if there’s a bump in the road, we’ll measure from that point.”

Hackett says any truck higher than 13-and-a-half feet needs to have been permitted through DPS.

“They’re the ones that route, reroute commercial trucks if they need to avoid some of those areas,” said Hackett. “So this is, that bridge is a little bit lower, but it is above what the legal height would be for someone to get a permit.”

Hackett also says all warnings are within federal regulations, and they are looking to improve safety.

“We’re going to probably, in the next week or so, add some additional signage just to go above and beyond what those regulations are to do that,” Hackett said.

ODOT told News 9 that any time changes are made, like repaving the roadway, they measure to make sure it will not impact the clearance height.

There is no signage on the actual bridge. ODOT says it's up to the railroad company, which owns the bridge, to put any additional signage up.