December 25th, 2012
09:10 AM ET

21 vehicles in accident on interstate in Oklahoma

[Updated at 9:10 a.m. ET] Interstate 40 westbound has now been opened after it was shut following a 21-vehicle accident at  2:50 a.m. CT (3:50 ET).

[Posted at 7:51 a.m. ET] An interstate has been shut down for two miles this morning in a suburb of Oklahoma City after more than 20 vehicles crashed in an accident that the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says likely was caused by freezing rain.

The chain-reaction-style accident occurred on Interstate 40 westbound in Del City, Oklahoma, and involved 21 vehicles, including three big rigs, Oklahoma Highway Patrol dispatcher Kerri Markey told CNN. The accident took place at 2:50 a.m. CT (3:50 ET).

Markey said an unknown number of people have been transported to a hospital with injuries characterized as not life-threatening.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said they do not know when the highway will reopen.

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  1. Get-it @any TruckStop

    Canadian truck drivers? I always pictured mopeds pulling two-wheeled carts like the ones Al Gore has for hauling firewood at ea. of his homes. He saves US a lot of money that way. :)

    December 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I can't see theroceeding page, so I don't know if this was addressed there...you've never heard of Ice Road Truckers?

      December 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      *the preceeding

      December 25, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Highway Poker

    BLACKJACK!

    December 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Lol @ banasy, Ice Road Truckers are either awfully brave or they just have no fear! I believe there is a show about them. And btw I HATE THIS NEW PHONE!

    December 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hi, chrissy.
      There is a show about them on the History Channel.
      All about the ice roads the truckers use in Canada's Northwest Territory.
      You couldn't pay me enough!

      Sorry about your phone...been there, done that!

      December 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      How crazy weird; these posts just seem to come and go...
      Yes, there is a show about Ice Road Truckers; the routes are in Canada's Northwest Territory.

      Sorry about your new phone.
      Been there, done that.

      December 26, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Down with tornadoes!

    Now if a tornado had come along right after the accident that would have been worse. Freezing rain is very dangerous.

    December 26, 2012 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
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