All Lanes Of Eastbound I-40 Reopen Following Semi Crash


Friday, August 26th 2011, 9:39 am
By: News 9


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UPDATE: OKLAHOMA CITY -- The driver of a semi that crashed over the rail of eastbound I-40 near downtown this morning was safely rescued by Oklahoma City Firefighters Friday morning.

The semi crashed around 8 a.m., leaving the truck hanging over the side of a bridge at I-40 and Lincoln, and trapping the semi's driver in the cab. 

State troopers say it appears an SUV cut the semi off, causing the semi and at least five other vehicles to crash. Emergency crews were worried the vibration from the traffic would cause the truck to go over the edge, since it was barely hanging on. Firefighters actually tied the semi to a fire truck to stabilize it. Another firefighter was then put in a harness, and he pulled the driver out of the cab.

The truck driver was taken to the emergency room after he was rescued. News 9 was told that the truck driver, as well the other drivers involved in this accident are going to be fine.

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I-40 eastbound was shut down for about four hours while troopers investigated the crash and crews removed the semi.

Troopers say when the truck crashed, something fell off the overpass, sparking a small grassfire underneath the bridge. Firefighters were able to put it out quickly.