Vehicle runs off Interstate 44 into river near Oklahoma-Missouri line
Thursday, February 3, 2011 | 9:25 a.m. CST;
updated 11:15 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 3, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and other rescuers were on the scene Thursday morning where a vehicle had run off Interstate 44 and into the Spring River near Miami in northeastern Oklahoma.
Video from KOTV in Tulsa showed two rescuers — one in the water and one on top of the vehicle — and one person being loaded onto a gurney.
The patrol said there were at least eight people in the vehicle when it crashed into the river about 6:30 a.m. Thursday.
Westbound I-44 was shut down. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. George Brown said the Missouri State Highway Patrol is diverting traffic heading westbound from Missouri into Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation also said the interstate had been shut down west of Miami because of snow buildup on the roadway and will be closed until early afternoon Thursday.
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