Slick Roads Cause Dozens Of Wrecks Across The OKC Metro


Sunday, November 16th 2014, 6:08 pm
By: News 9


A lot of people were out on the roads Sunday, trying to get around, even as the snow hit the metro. But for many, that didn't work out so well.

Even though the first snow of the season didn't dump a whole lot of snow on Oklahoma City, it still impacted travel. The slick conditions turned trucks on their tops and ruined headlights and hoods.

“It's awful,” said driver Kathy James.

Anyone driving on the major highways in the metro could see dozens of accidents. Oklahoma City police and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol had to stop responding to crashes without injuries because of the high volume of incidents.

“We have seen lots and lots of wrecks out there,” said driver Tom Hanke. “The bridges and overpasses are really bad.”

On I-35 at Hefner, traffic was down to one lane heading north Sunday afternoon after a man pulling a mobile home crashed.

“They came across this overpass here and the trailer jackknifed on him,” Hanke told News 9. T

he driver wasn't hurt and his friend, Tom Hanke, came to pick him up. After that scare, they had some advice.

“First of all, stay home. And if you absolutely have to get out, we've all heard it a thousand times, just take it slow,” Hanke insisted. “It's an early winter blast. I don't think we normally expect this kind of thing this time of year.”

Toni Forest definitely wasn't expecting that kind of thing. She's from Arizona and headed home.

“This weather is just incredible to drive in and such,” Forest said. “I didn't think it snowed in Oklahoma!”

She found out the hard way that this wasn't the best driving weather.

“Before I knew it I was on the bridge and then I fishtailed to the left, then to the right, then to the left and then I barely missed his semi. And then we just straightened out so I've been kind of shook up since then.”

She was lucky it was just a close call and she didn't end up like the dozens of other drivers in the city, stuck in the cold or spun out, waiting for a tow and dealing with car damage.