Turner Turnpike closed in East OKC due to multi-vehicle crash
Mike Seals - February 14, 2021 4:37 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOCO) — The Turner Turnpike is shut down in both directions as of Sunday afternoon in east Oklahoma City due to a crash involving multiple vehicles, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
The scene is unfolding on the turnpike near Hiwassee Road. According to the OHP, one crash is reported in the eastbound lanes and another one is reported in the westbound lanes.
Westbound traffic is being diverted to the Kickapoo Turnpike. Eastbound traffic is being diverted to I-35, according to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. Officials said the crash in the westbound lanes involves at least six vehicles, including two semitrucks.
First responders are at the scene treating the injured and expect the westbound lane to be closed at least several hours.
OHP Trooper Eric Foster told KOCO 5 that injuries have been reported. Some people have been taken to hospitals. Due to traffic, it’s difficult for the ambulance to get to the scene, he said.
Foster said visibility is low in the area due to blowing snow and drivers are urged to avoid the area.
Anyone involved in an accident is urged to call the Oklahoma Highway Patrol at *55, stay in the vehicle and try to clear the vehicle to the side of the roadway.