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Icy conditions cause several wrecks across Tulsa metro area

Posted at 12:02 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 13:24:59-05

TULSA, Okla. — The freezing rain and icy conditions on the roadways caused several accidents Monday morning.

EMSA officials said paramedics responded to 26 motor-vehicle accidents between midnight and 9 a.m. Monday. The majority of the accidents happened on highways.

Nine patients were taken to the hospital to be checked out, but they were classified as non-emergent.

One major delay on the IDL was caused by several accidents before 8 a.m. This caused the lanes to be shut down on the BA westbound going into the IDL, just outside of the OSU Medical Center.

"We've been waiting for about 35 to 40 minutes," said Charlotte Adams, who was stuck in traffic. She was headed to Colorado and said the accident was going to delay her trip at least an hour.

Officials finally reopened the lanes into the IDL a little before 9 a.m.

Another accident caused some delays on I-244 and 129th East Ave where a patch of ice caused several cars to spin out.

"I think I did two 360s, and then hit the little barrier there, airbag deployed and went into reverse," described Jason Cuenca, who was on way to Pryor when he lost control of his car.

This wasn't the way he was planning on starting the day. While his car was totaled, he said he's lucky he didn't get hurt and didn't need any medical attention.

Tulsa Police officers remain on Operation Slick Streets, meaning they are not responding to non-injury accidents. If you get into an accident, click here for more information.

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