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Second Semi Crashes into Turnpike Bridge This Week
The Turner Turnpike was reopened at about 2:15 p.m. Friday, after a semi-truck crash closed a portion of the eastbound lanes for an hour.
The semi hit a low-clearance bridge near the Luther exit, causing the trailer to fall off of the truck and hit an SUV, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Fausett said. Fausett said the driver of the SUV suffered from minor injuries. The semi driver was not hurt.
According to OHP, the truck did not have a permit to drive on the turnpike, and it was too tall to operate on the Turner Turnpike.
"If you've got an oversize load, you're supposed to be permitted and the permit office will not issue one for this turnpike if you are over height because you can't clear the bridge," Fausett said.
The bridge at the Luther exit is the lowest bridge on the turnpike, sitting at only 14 '8'.
"The company will be fined for this. They're ultimately responsible for damage to bridge, damage to cars and any injuries," Fausett said.
This is the second crash in this area, just this week. Another truck also hit the bridge on October 5th, closing the turnpike for nearly two hours.
The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority inspects bridges after crashes like this to ensure they are safe to drive under and cross.
Posted: Friday, November 2 2012, 10:15 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Teen in devastated Okla. town handing out hugs
May 25, 2013 02:26 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- The people of the Oklahoma town where a deadly tornado struck could use just about everything -- cleaning supplies, food, water, shelter.
Thirteen-year-old Halle Carr thought residents of her hometown could also use a hug after the twister Monday that killed 24 people in Moore.
Halle has been standing on a corner with a white sign that reads: "Need a hug? I am here!" And people are taking her up on the offer.
On Friday, people in work trucks, cars and vans loaded with belongings rolled down their windows and reached out their arms to the girl. Some shouted words of encouragement.
Halle said it makes her feel good to spread a little cheer. She said she'll come out every day, as long as she thinks she's needed.
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