|Updated: 6/28 11:20 am
||Published: 6/28 6:01 am
Officials have identified the man killed in a crash on the Will Rogers Turnpike on Friday morning.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said that 59-year old Brar Sukhchain Singh died after escaping a fire in the semi-truck he was driving.
The deadly accident shut down westbound lane of I-44 Friday morning about a mile west of Adair, leaving drivers stuck in traffic for more than two hours.
Around 4:30 a.m. Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers told FOX23 a semi-truck was heading westbound near mile marker 268 when it crashed into a cement center median.
That caused the cab of the truck to go up in flames. Troopers said the driver, Singh, and a passenger were able to make it out of the truck, but Singh tried crossing the eastbound lanes of the turnpike and did not make it.
“From what we know now the driver ran across the eastbound lanes off 44 and was struck by a car and was killed,” said
OHP Lieutenant Tom Montgomery.
He said at the time the accidents happened, it’s dark on the turnpike where there are not many lights. That’s in addition to a construction zone with only one lane open in each direction.
When FOX23 crews arrived on the scene, the cab of the semi was gone and parts of the truck continued to smoke.
That caused problems for the dozens of drivers stuck in traffic, unable to move.
“The truck has burned up, so we cannot move it until the firemen do their job and get the flames extinguished and the cargo also has some smoldering issues.”
After more than two hours troopers opened the construction lane to get traffic flowing again.
Wrecker crews pulled the car that hit the driver from a creek embankment where it ended up after the accidents.
Troopers said there were two passengers inside who made it out with only minor cuts and scrapes.