All traffic lanes open after 6 vehicle pileup on U.S. 69/75 in Calera cleared

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CALERA, Okla. -- One man is dead and several others are injured after a multi-vehicle pileup on U.S. 69/75 in Calera on Sunday night.

The Southbound and northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 69/75 are currently open as of 5:35 p.m. Monday according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials. Lanes were closed for 19 hours as the investigation and cleanup continued.

The accident happened around 10 p.m. at the intersection of southbound U.S. 69 and North McKinley Avenue.

The southbound lanes are still shut down as of 8:30 a.m. Monday as crews continued to clean up the scene.

Calera Fire Chief Brian Norton says a total of six vehicles were involved including four semis. Five vehicles were stopped at the intersection when a yellow semi plowed into another semi.

"One semi rear ended another semi and caused a chain reaction where another semi and two little cars wound up on the middle of the wreck," Norton said.

Norton says the driver of the yellow semi was pronounced dead on scene and seven others were taken to local hospitals. Six of them are believed to have non-life threatening injuries.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, vehicles commuting southbound in the area are currently being diverted to the U.S. 70 Bypass just south of Durant to State Highway 78 and south on S.H. 78 to west on S.H. 91.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is aiding in traffic control.

Calera police are leading the investigation with the assistance of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, trying to figure out why the semi driver crashed into another rig.

Authorities say fuel and non-hazardous chemicals, including a mango-like juice, from the trucks were spilled onto the roadway and the Department of Environmental Quality is helping with the cleanup.

Calera Police ask anyone who witnessed the wreck to call them.

Abby Neal and Emily Pettry were inside Sonic when they witnessed something unexpected.

"We heard something that sounded like thunder and we both looked and looked out the door and everything was on fire and everything was collided together. We walked outside. I was calling 911 and people were running down there," Neal said.

"We heard someone yelling and we weren't sure if it was someone yelling at another person in a vehicle, but it was a guy trying to yell for us to help him get out," Pettry said.

The two say they were not able to render aid, knowing walking into the fiery situation could be a danger to them.

"It really does suck when you see something like that and you can't go down there and help," Pettry said.

"Not really sure how to express how I feel about it. It was very nerve-racking," Neal said.

Seconds later first responders arrived on scene, one of them Calera Fire Chief Brian Norton.

"When we first arrived on scene we had one semi on its top on fire," Norton said.

The identity of the drive killed in the collision has yet to be released. The conditions of the other people involved are unknown at this time.

"The last I knew someone was being flown from MCSO," Norton said. "It's kind of amazing that the two little cars, you know, in the mix of four semis, none of those people were seriously injured from what I could tell."

"We just pray that everybody's okay, who's okay," Neal said.