Weather blamed for accident in Owasso

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Reported by: Angela Hong
Updated: 12/09/2013 5:29 pm Published: 12/09/2013 4:12 pm

Some roads are still slick in spots.

There was a rollover accident on 76th Street North in Owasso, near Highway 75.

While there are a few trouble spots out there, most people said the main roads are fine.

It's the side streets that are the issue.

All over Tulsa County on Monday morning there were some signs the roads conditions were getting better.

"On my way to work pretty good today, I didn't see anyone along the side of the roads. Usually on a day like this you see some. But it's been around a few days," said Derrick Jameson, a commuter to Owasso.

But there were still some trouble spots, like 76th Street North in Owasso.

Parts of the road looked like an ice-skating rink.

Tulsa County crews laid a fresh layer of salt and sand after FOX23 called to ask why that area in Owasso was so icy.

A county spokesperson said generally it takes their crews longer to treat and plow all 750 miles of county roads. Their budget for winter weather response is just an eighth of what the city of Tulsa has in its budget.

But this wasn't the only problem spot.

"Getting out of the subdivision was slick because it's just down to ice," said Mashella Johnson, another Owasso commuter.

Most residents found that their neighborhood streets and side streets were trickier than main roads to travel through, a reason why major school districts were closed Monday and some again on Tuesday.

While many people are gaining their confidence heading out on the roads, a word of caution, the roads might not stay so clear for too long.

"There is supposed to be more on the way. So we'll see what happens," said Johnson.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation said they also want to warn drivers from becoming too confident driving around time, especially since snow is falling.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/9/2013 7:33 PM
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An accident due to an inexperienced driver thinking that they were capable of handling equipment during adverse conditions.
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