Slick roads: EMSA called to more than 40 crashes in just a few hours

Posted at 12:07 PM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-03 11:56:53-05

Areas of light freezing rain are causing slick spots across Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and local authorities have been busy all night working crashes.

EMSA told 2 Works For You that between 7-9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, it had been called to more than 40 crashes, mainly on bridges and overpasses.

A glaze of ice accumulation is present throughout the metro, especially on elevated surfaces. Our storm trackers say the Broken Arrow Expressway is an "ice rink," and there have been crashes on many bridges in the area, including major bridges like the 71st Street Arkansas River Bridge and Keystone Lake.

Authorities are pleading with drivers to stay off the road because they cannot keep up with the number of crashes.

Catoosa police also have confirmed one of their officers was hit by another car while responding to a wreck. He is expected to be OK.

See the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's road conditions by clicking hereor by calling 844-465-4997 (844-4OK-HWYS).

You also can view the ODOT real-time, interactive traffic map.

A winter weather advisory has been issued across large portions of southern and eastern Oklahoma through noon Thursday.

Light freezing rain, freezing drizzle and possibly light sleet are possible through Thursday morning across portions of eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.

See the latest weather alerts here.

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