A major Oklahoma interstate is shut down for a fiery pileup crash that occurred during winter weather conditions.
The pileup occurred around 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, on the Turner Turnpike northeast of Oklahoma City.
Authorities say that crashes have occurred in both the eastbound and westbound directions of the Turner Turnpike at mile marker 139.
Turner Turnpike: Mile marker 139, westbound and eastbound lane are blocked…..DJP https://t.co/kJSsXKfE82
— Okla. Highway Patrol (@OHPtraffic) February 14, 2021
Local news outlet KOCO reports that at least six vehicles were involved in the crash that occurred in the westbound lanes. The Oklahoma City Fire Department says that “several semis” were involved in the pileup, but the exact number of vehicles involved is not yet clear.
At least three semi trucks involved in the pileup reportedly caught fire.
Emergency responders are responding to an accident involving multiple semi trucks that shut down the Turner Turnpike in Oklahoma City amid an ongoing winter storm pic.twitter.com/RlF1TUb0R7
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) February 14, 2021
Injuries have been reported, but it isn’t clear how many people were hurt.
Low visibility caused by blowing snow was reported at the time of the crash.
Portion of Turner Turnpike closed in both directions around MM141. WB diverted to Kickapoo Tnpk. EB diverted to I35. Travel discouraged. Seek alternative route. Extremely poor visibility. Avoid area. pic.twitter.com/j5CK6Z1fyr
— Oklahoma Turnpikes (@OKTurnpike) February 14, 2021
According to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, westbound traffic is being diverted to the Kickapoo Turnpike and eastbound traffic is being diverted to I-35. A lengthy road closure is expected.
— Jeff Piotrowski (@Jeff_Piotrowski) February 14, 2021