TULSA, OK – (CBS) – A three-vehicle crash sent massive smoke into the Tulsa skyline Thursday morning after two semis and an escort car crashed. Authorities say it happened on Interstate 44 and Highway 169. Both interstates were shut down for most of the morning as crews worked to clear the scene.
A semi with an oversized load hit the overpass on eastbound Interstate 44 at Highway 169 around 10:30 a.m. The load peeled off the trailer onto the highway. Another semi truck hit the first, and both semis were engulfed in flames.
One of the trucks is labeled Stone Trucking which is a local company that hauls a lot of oversized freight. That truck caught fire and burned for around 30 minutes. An F150 pickup escort vehicle slammed into the rear of one of the semis.
Tulsa firefighters, Tulsa police and ODOT workers assisted with highway closures and traffic control. The wreck caused a significant traffic back-up.
Authorities say the driver of one of the trucks was able to escape before the cab caught fire. No word yet on other injuries. This is an ongoing investigation.