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DANGEROUS DRIVE: Snowy conditions cause deadly crash on 169

Posted at 7:53 AM, Mar 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-11 17:05:57-05

TULSA, Okla. — Winter weather caused slick conditions across northeast Oklahoma Friday morning. Tulsa police responded to at least one deadly crash.

Tulsa police confirm at least one person died after an accident on Highway 169 northbound near 41st Street. The driver of a single cab truck left the roadway, traveled down the bank, and hit a light pole. First responders transported the driver to the hospital for his injuries where he was later pronounced dead.

Accident on 169 northbound

Several accidents were reported in the early morning hours on Friday across the Tulsa metro, including a rollover on Highway 169 southbound and the BA Expressway eastbound caused some delays and backups.

In total, EMSA responded to 46 car accidents and two cold exposure calls between midnight and 4 p.m.

SEE MORE: Accidents across the Tulsa metro due to winter weather

How is my travel being impacted?

Tulsa International Airport officials are confirming some flights have been delayed, but most are flying out on time. They are advising people who have flights to contact their airline to receive the most up-to-date on their flight's status. They are also saying to arrive at the airport in plenty of time for their flight.

The City of Tulsa says street crews will work 12-hour shifts to pre-treat roads with salt and brine then later apply salt and plow, if necessary.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation is encouraging drivers to be prepared and to use caution if they have to get out and travel anywhere.

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What is the City of Tulsa doing?

As of 9:30 a.m. Friday, most City of Tulsa services remain unaffected. City staff will continue to monitor conditions and updates will be provided as warranted.  

Because certain crews are being relegated to snow and ice response, Bulky Waste pick-ups will be delayed by one week.

Dead animal pick-up and illegal dumping operations will continue as normal, and the Mulch Site will remain open. Refuse and recycling pick-up is scheduled for Friday, but service evaluations are ongoing.

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