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Man Drives Through Fort Sill Fence, Hits Tree

LAWTON Okla_ Today's treacherous weather could be to blame for a wreck this afternoon on Rogers Lane that sent a pickup through a fence and into a tree on Fort Sill.

A 911 caller told dispatchers the truck had veered off the road just west of Sheridan Road and up a steep embankment, through the chain link fence that spans the south side of Fort Sill.

Obviously, the road conditions are getting bad. Over the next few hours, they are only expected to get worse. Police said this accident is under investigation and they still haven't had a chance to talk to the driver who was sent to the hospital by ambulance.

Emergency responders like Lawton Police Lieutenant Bill Jenkins worked in the dreary weather.

"It's cold, it's wet, it's nasty, but that's part of it," Jenkins said.

Traffic after the accident was narrowed to one lane.

"It appears he lost control on Rogers Lane maybe due to weather," Jenkins said. "He went off road to the right, struck the fence and went onto Fort Sill."

While the cause of the accident is still unknown, Jenkins said the extreme weather could be to blame.

"It's sleeting and snowing, and the roads are starting to freeze," Jenkins said. "They become very slick, too. Everyone just needs to slow down and pay attention. Give themselves more room between other vehicles."

Jenkins said wet road, sleet, and ice combined with speed is a recipe for disaster or, in the least, a fender-bender. He says police are warning drivers as conditions worsen to slow down while behind the wheel.

Jenkins said when poor road conditions are present, police are inundated with traffic collisions. He said if this accident was weather-related, he hopes it will serve to warn others of the dangers of Mother Nature and caution them to slow down.

Westbound traffic on Rogers Lane was narrowed to one lane for about half an hour after the crash, but it has since reopened. The driver  was sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

 

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