Lawton_7News Meteorologists have predicted that cold and icy weather would come, and it did. There were dozens of wrecks all over Lawton on Monday morning, ranging from small fender benders to rollovers and pile-ups. As of Monday afternoon, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) says it worked at least 17 wrecks from 6:30AM - not including accidents in town on Sheridan Road and Rogers Lane.
One wreck on 82nd Street between Cache and Gore involved a baby. Officials say a pickup truck lost control around a bridge, slid about 20-feet, collided with an oncoming car, and flipped on its side. Sue York's son Michael was driving the truck with his wife and baby inside, and while she is happy everyone will be okay, she's upset. "What I wanna know is why the city wasn't out here last night sanding this stuff, because they knew this weather was coming in," she said.
The City of Lawton says it doesn't salt and sand roads until moisture begins to stick. If they do it to early, they say the ice will freeze on top of the mixture. Sheriff Kenny Stradley says he was patrolling when he came upon the crash. He says he was the first law enforcement on the scene, and helped to free the baby from the vehicle, and get it into a warm car.
Firefighters used the jaws of life to help Michael and his wife from the truck. York says the slick roads surprised Michael despite warnings that there would be icy conditions. "He didn't have any idea when he left his house there was ice in the neighborhood," said York. "There wasn't any ice, and there wasn't any in our neighborhood."
Stradley says black ice on the bridge is virtually impossible to see, and drivers must take care. "It's just slick out here, and they hit the bridge down here, and when they hit the bridge down here it s just totally ice." All those involved in the accident are expected to be okay, and the baby was not injured. Stradley says the driver of the car had some injuries to his arm, and Michael York - the driver of the pickup - may have hurt his shoulder.
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