Tue January 27, 2009
Wintry Weather Causes Traffic Deaths
Oklahoma City, OK – A winter storm that has covered most of Oklahoma with a layer of ice has killed at least two people.
The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority says a truck driver was killed Monday afternoon when his semi cab skidded off an icy stretch of Interstate 44 near Chandler. The driver's name wasn't released.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a 21-year-old Tulsa man was also killed Monday afternoon in the other accident on I-44, this one near Afton.
The patrol says Renard J. Johnson Junior sustained massive injuries when his sport utility vehicle slid out of control on the icy roadway and into the path of a semi. Johnson died at the scene.
Governor Henry has declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties and the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning until 6 Tuesday evening for most of central, south-central and northeast Oklahoma.
An ice storm warning was issued for nine counties in eastern Oklahoma, where thunderstorms could fall into sub-freezing air and enhance the chance for significant icing.