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Part of I-40 in Okla. closed due to grass fire

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Posted at 2:55 PM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 16:29:32-04

HENRYETTA, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma Highway Patrol is diverting traffic from Interstate 40 in eastern Oklahoma after smoke from a grass fire blew across the road, leading to auto accidents and an undetermined number of injuries.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons says three car crashes involving nine vehicles were reported on the interstate about 90 miles east of Oklahoma City as officials believe drivers attempted to drive through the smoke. Officials have yet to determine a cause of the fire.

The affected stretch of I-40 is just west of Henryetta.

Timmons says drivers should get off the interstate instead of driving through the thick smoke. He said those driving on roadways partially obscured by smoke should either exit or at least turn on the headlights and drive slowly.