• Officials warn about driving with unsecured loads following deadly crash

    By: Jackie DelPilar


    Story Highlights

    • A driver is dead after crash related to an unsecured load on a vehicle.
    • Police are warning drivers not to drive without loads that are not properly secured.

    TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa police are warning drivers about the dangers of driving with unsecured loads after a deadly crash Tuesday.

    FOX23 reported when police said a man driving an SUV with a pile of pallets on top of it lost control, hit a bus and died.

    Police said even if it’s just a mile down the road, drivers should never drive a vehicle with an oversized load or with something that isn’t tied down properly.

    Officials said between 2014 and 2016, seven people were killed and 142 were injured on Oklahoma roads due to unsecured loads. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol issued 625 citations related to this during that same time frame.

    Police said they won’t hesitate to write a citation if they see someone traveling with unsecured loads. It’s a traffic stop that could save someone’s life.

    Officers suggest renting a trailer or moving truck if drivers need to transport something large. They also suggest looking up videos online or checking the car’s manual to see what kind of loads the vehicle can handle.

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