Semi truck wreck slows US75 at Red River Bridge

By: Christine Nicholson Email
By: Christine Nicholson Email

COLBERT, OK -- An accident this morning has shut down part of
highway 75 at the Red River Bridge.

It happened around midnight when witnesses say one semi going northbound at about 70-75 miles per hour rear-ended another one.

The initial impact left a large scuff on the road clearly visible on the northbound lane. Drivers witnessed the passenger door of the second semi fly off and hit a nearby guardrail.

Glass shards and hundreds of frozen turkey that the second truck was transporting was thrown all over the road causing another potential hazard for drivers behind the wreck.

The driver of the first semi was taken by ambulance to Texoma Medical Center in Denison. The other driver was removed from his vehicle with the jaws of life and taken to Plano Medical Center by Care-Flight. Both are in critical condition. Their names are not being released at this time.

Police and fire from Colbert, Atoka, Denison and Cartwright were at the scene. Assistant Colbert Fire Chief Jonathan Horn says he's working with the other officials to sort out the details of this major accident but the case is still under investigation.

Clean up crews expect to take several more hours at the accident site after spending all morning collecting turkey and debris.

"It'll take most of the day," said Horn. "They'll have to unload the first truck and pick up all the turkeys that are scattered all over the road."

Right now only one lane is open on northbound 75 along with one southbound lane. Allow for extra time if you're headed that way today or use an alternate route. Clean up crews plan to work most of today clearing the wreckage from the median.

Officials are asking drivers slow down to at least 15 to 30 miles per hour when passing through.

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  • by Angela Harris Location: Oklahoma City on Jul 3, 2012 at 06:03 PM
    If anyone can contact via e-mail above and tell me if the trailer carrying the turkeys was hit in the rear or if it was the other way around I would greatly appreciate it! We can't help if we do not know Thank you
  • by FactsFirst on Jun 28, 2012 at 03:11 PM
    This is what I sent to the reporter on this story: I would like to request that an update on this story be published. The accident has been investigated and the true facts are being finalized on the police report today. The driver of the first truck was sitting on hwy 75 with his lights off. The second truck is governed to 65mph and was traveling no faster than 63mph. The driver of the first truck has been cited for impeding traffic and is responsible for the accident. There have been about 20 negative comments posted about the driver that is in critical condition because of the first driver. I do believe it is the right thing to do, to update the story.
  • by Denise on Jun 27, 2012 at 05:02 PM
    There WAS a govoner on the truck.... No way he was speeding!!!! Thank you to all those who are praying for a safe recovery. I wish you knew this man you would not judge, as he is always very causious and would never risk his job, I can't even get him to go 70mph in his Ford pickup he is always at 60 or 65 honestly that's why I drive!! I want to get where I'm going.
  • by dennis on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:40 AM
    I drive thru there all the time and watch people text adn play with ipods and all those things but the most annoying drivers are the ones that get in the left lane and stay there, running alongside the car in the right with traffic baacked up behind them. that is the rudest thing a person can do in my book
  • by local on Jun 27, 2012 at 08:32 AM
    I posted about ATOKA because it wasn't ATOKA! It was Achille! Just like with care flight Kxii doesn't check everything before posting sometimes and posts what they are told! Really think ATOKA drove that distance for a wreck? Really? As for the truckers I've never seen a company truck that isn't goverened. Most companies have a govenor for their own safety of company and drivers. If its a Canada truck or truck that goes to Canada its got a govenor set at 65 by LAW! just my two cents.
  • by joyce hall....truckers wife traveling on Jun 27, 2012 at 07:43 AM
    I travel with hubby in summer...we saw aftermath of all means we should not be judge and jury....we were not there so how could we evensay.....I.SEE drivers from.east to west coast texting talking and not paying attetion to road...we have almost gotten it several times under a load...I.PRAY we all stop and think about these families who are hurt here....they need our support now , not acccusations....just think America would shut down if not for our hubbies an daddies did not haul to all our trucking buddies and families out there...BE SAFE......
  • by Denise on Jun 27, 2012 at 07:06 AM
    Well said Kim!! I wish they would update the story!!
  • by Denise on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:35 PM
    First of all I know the driver involved and there is a governor on his truck that won't allow him to go over 65, second of all his family is really worried as he is NOT outta the woods yet. Witnesses say the truck he hit had NO lights but then I'd be just as guilty as all of you playing the BLAME GAME!! ACCIDENTS HAPPEN that's why they are accidents.. This man certainly did not mean for this to happen and I know God had a hand in this as he is alive!! And NO ONE else for hurt!!
  • by Fire Guy on Jun 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM
    Air Evac air ambulance was the medical helicopter that flew the patient to MEsical Center of Plano. Need to stop using "care-flight" as the helicopter every time there is a accident and somebody is flown. Care Flite is the air ambulance company out of dallas area and yes is at times used in our area but not most od the time. Air Evac out of Howe is used for the majority of our flights and the credit deff needs to go to the right company! Just for thoughts! Atleast just say air ambulance or helicopter if u dont know who actually took them!
  • by T Location: sherman on Jun 26, 2012 at 08:11 PM
    Drove past the wreck and there was turkeys everywhere!
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