Multiple car accidents keep law enforcement busy Saturday

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Reported by: Eddie Randle
Updated: 2/01 10:30 pm Published: 2/01 10:28 pm

The Tulsa Police Department and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol responded to more than a dozen wrecks Saturday and officials say most of them were weather related.

The weather also kept people from flying out of the Tulsa International Airport.

FOX23 spoke with law enforcement officials about the dangers the weather brought the roads Friday night.

From accidents on the highways to flight cancellations it was a busy Friday night for law enforcement, filled with weather-related issues.

FOX23 was on the scene of an accident just after 2:30 Saturday morning that involved four vehicles and semitrailer.

According to Tulsa Police Department’s Sgt. Ryan Woods, he told us witnesses said a dark-colored, four-door car was seen driving at extreme speeds along Highway 169 north.
The driver hit a semitrailer, forcing it to veer off the road.

Then the driver of the car crashed into the side embankment of the highway, just in front of the 46th Street north exit, running away on foot.

OHP Troopers tell FOX23 the destruction from the driver continued long after he ran off.

“There were three other collisions that occurred from people trying to avoid debris and or hitting debris,” said Woods.

Officers say the weather didn't help.

“The wet roads and the cold weather I’m sure played a factor in this collision,” said Woods.

Another accident on the other side of 169 near the creek turnpike was also caused from the slippery roads.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol responded to this one because they say one of the vehicles was blocking the roadway.

There were no serious injuries reported from either of those wrecks.

Slick streets were not the only problem overnight as heavy fog led to the cancellation of nearly a dozen flights scheduled to depart from the Tulsa International Airport.

One man we spoke to told FOX23 he received a call Friday night notifying him of his cancelled flight.

He was told he would not be able to fly out for more than 24 hours.

But he was determined to make it home to his wife so he called the airport Saturday morning hoping for a break in the ice.

“They said oh actually we have a flight for you, so we had to jump through a million different hoops to get here [Tulsa]. I’m ready to get home and see my wife,” said the Tulsa resident.

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