Sand truck spills load on Highway 169

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 12/04/2013 5:25 pm Published: 12/04/2013 4:12 pm

Southbound traffic on Highway 169 was backed up for miles on Wednesday after a semitrailer overturned and dumped a full load of sand onto the highway at the 46th Street North entrance onto 169.

Officials said the truck was coming off the ramp when it turned on its side and dumped sand onto the road. The sand stayed in two of the three lanes and left the inside lane open.

"As he came around the 46th Street North exit, he felt a vibration in his truck, looked back, (and the) truck tipped over," said Officer Brian Paul with the Tulsa Police Department. "Possible blow-out that's caused this."

Fortunately, the driver of the truck wasn't hurt, but others waited in miles of traffic caused by the accident.

FOX23 News learned the truck had just picked up a load of sand from a nearby quarry and was on its way to deliver it to the Oklahoma City area to help keep its streets safe when the storm hits.

It took close to two hours for cleanup crews to arrive to clear the sand so Storey Wrecker could get the truck upright and hauled away. That meant afternoon traffic was crawling at a snail's pace while the process was underway.

Considering how much sand poured out and how busy highway 169 usually is, officers said it's lucky no other vehicles were taken out in the accident.

"This could have been very bad," said Paul.

Officials said the trucking company will likely be billed for the cost of the cleanup, so it won't come out of taxpayer dollars.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/5/2013 8:24 AM
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Must be a bunch of rookies.
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