While Oklahoma often has reliably decent weather, it still has its share of high winds and even icy conditions. Certain weather events make it more likely vehicles will encounter dangers leading to serious injuries.
These dangerous moments can lead to pain and suffering as well as economic hardships.
29-Vehicle Pileup in Oklahoma City
KFOR-TV reported on the aftermath of a multi-vehicle accident on a busy roadway on February 2021. Icy roads contributed to the drivers crashing into vehicles as they lost control. Though many roads in the city stayed ice-free, other areas, especially overpasses, became slick. Authorities placed some of the blame on drivers going too fast for conditions.
First responders had difficulty at times reaching injured drivers and passengers. The number of crashes, the pileup and the slick conditions created challenges for emergency personnel.
At least six ambulances responded to the scene. Authorities reported at least one person in critical condition and the rescue of one person on a backboard.
Road Closures and Multiple Injuries
Fox News reported on several accidents in Oklahoma after officials declared a state of emergency due to hazardous weather conditions. At least one crash site involved several semi-trucks and numerous passenger cars. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol closed one highway for several hours. Medical professionals took several people to area hospitals as the result of the crashes.
Adverse weather conditions included light snow flurries to heavy snows and drifting. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation asked people to stay off roadways if possible and to steer clear of plowing crews out to remove snow from roads. A cold weather system created dangerous road conditions in the area for several days.