Fatigue Cited as Possible Factor in Turnpike Crash

Thursday, July 16th 2009, 11:18 am
By: News 9

Staff and Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma Highway Patrol captain said driver fatigue may have played a role in the northeastern Oklahoma turnpike crash that killed 10 people last month.

Patrol Capt. Scott Horton told the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority Wednesday that while 76-year-old Donald Creed of Willard, Mo., was within federal daily driving limit requirements, he had been working for 10 hours when the crash occurred on the Will Rogers Turnpike about 1 p.m. on June 26.

Investigators are seeking cell phone records of the driver to determine whether he may have become distracted before the accident about eight miles northeast of Miami.

His rig slammed into cars that were stopped because of an earlier crash.

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