Two tractor trailers crash and burn on Will Rogers Turnpike closing I-44 at Vinita

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Traffic resumed normal westbound flow Friday evening about 7:15 p.m. according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol

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CRAIG COUNTY, Okla. — About 3:30 p.m. reports of a Quapaw Marshal and passenger vehicle involved in a crash along with two tractor trailers in the westbound lanes near the Vinita toll plaza.

Shortly after the crash fuel was leaking and then caught fire. The two tractor trailers became fully engulfed. There were no serious injuries reported. One driver reported, “back pain and neck pain.”

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I-44 is closed at the 286 mile marker west bound for an injury collision involving 2 semis. Both are fully engulfed. Big Cabin Fire Department is enroute. 2 large wreckers are enrt to the scene. No hazardous materials are involved.” – Oklahoma Highway Patrol

  • ***UPDATE: TRAFFIC RESUMED NORMAL WESTBOUND FLOW AT 7:15 p.m. FRIDAY EVENING***
  • Traffic was being diverted off I-44 west at 286 mile marker.
  • Traffic continued I-44 east, it was never interrupted.

ALL IMAGES COURTESY JANICE BUSH SMITH.

SCREENSHOT OF TRAFFIC AT 4:45 p.m.

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