|Updated: 2/14 5:58 pm
||Published: 2/14 1:30 pm
HALLET, Okla. - An accident shut down an 8-mile stretch of the Cimarron turnpike around 9:30 Friday morning.
Officials told FOX23 the semi was traveling westbound on the Cimarron Turnpike when it crashed into a pillar of the bridge, rolled over and then caught fire.
The driver of that semi had to be taken to the hospital. He has since been released. He was driving a grease tanker truck, but was not carrying a load.
FOX23 learned he was on his way to pick up a load in Stillwater.
While all this was happening, a second semi that was approaching the scene had to swerve to miss hitting a car and ended up jackknifed in a ditch. That driver was not hurt.
While the turnpike was shut down, engineers were called to the scene to check on the stability of the bridge. They determined that it was still structurally sound.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers said it is unclear whether the driver of the first semi will be ticketed for hitting the bridge.
All lanes of the Cimarron Turnpike have since been re-opened.