Drivers beware of hydroplaning as Oklahoma continues storm season

TULSA, Okla. — Gavin Short, 19, Nic Nair, 20 and Drake Brooks, 22, had just finished storm chasing and were driving home through Kay County Friday night.

That’s when Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) said their car hydroplaned, spinning off of and back onto the roadway before being hit by a semi-truck. The accident killed all three students.

A close friend of the three, Brayden Siau, told FOX23, “You see it happen to other people, and you just think that it’s never going to happen to you, and you wake up one morning and three of your friends are gone.”

Hydroplaning occurs when pooled water causes tires to lose traction with the road surface.

With all of the rain Green Country is seeing Monday, Broken Arrow Fire Captain Shaun Christmas worries that we could see more accidents like this in our area.

“Hydroplaning is a real concern anytime you get a large amount of rain over a short period of time,” Christmas said.

In an interview with FOX23, he urged drivers to slow down and avoid standing water on roadways.

Captain Christmas also explained there’s the potential for roads to be completely washed out.

“If you can’t see the roadway, you know the surface, don’t drive through it, just turn around and find another route,” he said.

If you don’t have to get out, Captain Christmas advises you to just stay home, but if you have to venture out drive slow and use caution.