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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Mary Kay Kidwell February 3, 2011 | 12:52 p.m.

Please follow this story with self-survival information from the ultimate expert, Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht of Manitoba University. He has conducted numerous studies on vehicle immersion as well as hypothermia and has excellent advice on both. Also, the Indiana State Police have produced a life-saving video that everyone should see: Approximately 10,000 vehicles go into water each year in the US; 300 of those occupants drown. Please share the video with family and friends so that we can reduce these statistics. I know the tragedy of such an accident; my teenage grandson drowned in his sinking car. Stay safe.

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