Truck crash blocks 169 most of the day

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Updated: 12/02/2013 5:24 pm Published: 12/02/2013 3:52 pm

Traffic is flowing once again on Highway 169, after the northbound lanes were shut down for more than three hours on Monday.

A garbage truck that runs off compressed natural gas flipped on its side and began leaking natural gas onto the highway, so police shut down the northbound lanes of 169 from 91st Street to 61st Street.

The accident happened because the garbage truck was being towed and started swaying side to side until it came loose on the highway.

The tow truck driver told FOX23 he isn't sure how it happened.

"Went to flipping back and forth and flipped over," he said.

Police wrote Bryan Drake a ticket for having an unsecured load, something he disputes.

"'Do you think that any of the blame falls on you for this happening?'" asked FOX23 Ian Silver.

"Well, sure," he answered.

"But it wasn't an unsecured load?" asked Silver.

"No." he answered.

"Were you driving recklessly?" asked Silver.

"Nope," he answered.

"Were you going too fast?" asked Silver.

"Nope," he answered.

"So, what happened, you think?" asked Silver.

"It just went to flipping. I don't know what happened," he answered.

He said because the truck had a full load it's possible it shifted.

But it's the result of the accident that caused problems Monday. The truck now stuck in the middle of the highway was leaking natural gas, so police had to completely shut three miles of the northbound lanes down.

"This is all precautionary measures. The odds of this rupturing a real low, but there's still an odd. So, there's still a chance, so we're just going to take all the precautions," said Cpl. Brian Collum, with the Tulsa Police Department.

They had to wait until 75 gallons of compressed natural gas leaked before they could tow the truck away, which caused miles of traffic backups around 71st, 81st and 91st streets.

"It's going to be a headache back there, because we're not going to let any traffic through until the natural gas is gone," said Collum.

On FOX23 News at Noon it appeared the tow truck driver was going to get arrested because he refused to sign the ticket for unsecured load. Eventually he did sign and was released when police told him signing the ticket was not an admission of guilt.

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