Two dead in Rogers County in separate accidents on icy roads

Posted at 6:18 AM, Dec 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-18 13:13:24-05

ROGERS COUNTY. -- Two people died in separate accidents on icy roads in Rogers County overnight, one involving a salt truck on the Will Rogers Turnpike between Catoosa and Verdigris.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol said 55-year-old Curtis Lee Cockrell of Jenks was standing outside his pickup truck around 10:45 p.m. Saturday following a separate accident and was struck and killed. OHP troopers are still investigating, but they said two trucks and the sand truck were involved in the fatal accident at mile marker 244.

The driver of the sand truck and the other driver refused treatment at the scene. Cockrell was pronounced dead at the scene.

The OHP report cited unsafe speeds in the icy and snowy conditions.

The Turnpike was closed for three hours during the investigation.

In the other fatality accident, Saturday afternoon about 3:45 p.m., 63-year-old Carlos Lewis of Chelsea died after his vehicle went out of control and rolled a quarter turn and skidded on its side. 

The accident occurred on Highway 66 about a mile north of Foyil.

According to the OHP, sleet was falling at the time of this accident and the roads were beginning to ice.


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