|Updated: 6/19/2013 10:46 am
||Published: 6/19/2013 10:44 am
Two semi-trucked overturned on Green Country roads Wednesday morning, and one of them caused a second accident.
The first happened when a truck hit guard rails along the Creek Turnpike, overturning onto 193rd East Avenue in Broken Arrow. The second truck overturned heading eastbound on Highway 412 after highway patrol troopers say a car turning south failed to yield.
An overturned semi along a highway tends to catch drivers' attention. That's what crews say happened after a driver paying attention to an accident caused another one.
“Just watch the people,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Matt Logsdon told FOX23 News. “You'll see them eating, you'll see them doing make up, you'll see them texting, you'll see them doing many, many things other than watching what's in front of them and the operation of that vehicle
So FOX23 News’s Janai Norman did watch traffic, and found driver after driver on their phones, or rubbernecking, straining to look to see the accidents.
One trooper says the driver who was rescued told firefighters she was trying to take a picture of the overturned semi on Highway 412 and ended up running into a wrecker called to the scene.
Logsdon described the accident saying the wreck was “slowing down, he had his yellow emergency lights on, plus he had his blinker on, he was hitting his breaks, so he had all his lights on.”
“She just wasn't paying attention,” Oklahoma Department of Transportation employee Martin Stewart said, “And ran into the back of the wrecker.”
Over in Broken Arrow, investigators couldn't give a cause for the accident, but did have information from witnesses.
“I have some witness statements that he was swerving on the road,” Trooper Kevin Cox tells FOX23 News. “They said that he was driving on the road erratically.”
Trooper Cox says it doesn't matter whether it's distracted, fatigued or drunk driving on roadways.
“If he was sleeping or if he was under the influence of something, that's certainly a danger to everyone else out here.”
Law enforcement say none of the injuries in any of the three accidents were life-threatening.