Dump truck spill set drivers back for miles


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Updated: 4/30/2013 8:41 am Published: 4/29/2013 4:35 pm


Drivers were backed up for miles on the Broken Arrow Expressway.

Few people saw why they couldn’t let up on their brakes. A dump truck spill caused the clutter. It happened as the truck driver lost control, while exiting 169.

The truck landed on its side and the gravel in tow scattered across part of the expressway. The accident blocked traffic, right before the rush home.

Horns weren’t the only distraction for Mikel Matlock. His 7-month-old and her 2-year-old sister wanted out.

“Daddy, I’m ready to get home,” said Matlock.

Matlock spent an hour-and-a half stuck in the mess. The situation was messier inside his car.

“My phone is dead, and my gaslight is fixing to come on,” said Matlock.

FOIX23 caught up with him at a gas station.

His wife Kristen, pregnant with their third child, blamed him for the inconvenience.

“He took the long way,” said Kristen.

Police diverted drivers to 169 South. They closed the BA for more than 3 hours.

That caused traffic to spill onto city streets extending rush hour, making a bad situation worse for folks who already had plenty to be frustrated about.

“After being at work for 12 hours, I’m ready to go home,” said driver, Katie Smith.

EMSA treated the truck driver and he was released.


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Unwashed Mass - 4/29/2013 11:19 PM
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Did we forget how to direct traffic, or are we just waiting for a federal grant to pay for it?
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