A wave of wintry precipitation that began icing bridges Wednesday night caused several accidents in the area, including a serious crash with passengers ejected north of Asher and a fatality accident in Shawnee.
Shawnee police are investigating the fatal crash that occurred Wednesday evening.
Shawnee Police Cpl. Vivian Lozano-Stafford said it was about 7:07 p.m. Wednesday when officers responded to the area of Benedict Street and Acme Road for the fatality incident.
She said a 2004 Mercedes sedan driven by Norman Hanks, 82, Shawnee, was traveling westbound on Lake Road and went left of center, striking a tan 2006 Chevy pickup going eastbound on the Lake Road bridge. That Chevy was being driven by John Thompson, 37, Shawnee.
Lozano-Stafford said Norman Hanks was pronounced dead at the scene and his passenger was transported to OU Medical Center by REACT EMS.
The other driver and passenger were taken to SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital Shawnee by personal vehicle, she added.
That accident is still under investigation, she said, but the weather conditions may have contributed.
Several other weather-related accidents, including a lot of minor accidents, were reported in the Shawnee and surrounding areas as the wintry precipitation made its way through overnight.
One of those reports included multiple vehicles sliding on the Beard Street bridge in South Shawnee, where a glaze of ice impacted motorists as the precipitation began to fall.
Other city of Shawnee accidents relating to icy conditions, Lozano-Stafford said, were reported on U.S. 177 at the bridge south of Farrall; on the U.S. 177 bridge south of Kickapoo Spur; the MacArthur bridge in the 500 block of East MacArthur; as well as the Lake Road bridge in the area of Leo and Lake Roads.
Out in Pottawatomie County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol worked a serious crash on the Salt Creek Bridge north of Asher.
Troopers said black ice was a factor in that crash, which injured three people, including a child.
That accident occurred about 6:17 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 177, about six miles north of Asher.
A 1975 Chevy Pickup, driven by Cheyeann Mareea Adams, 20, of Asher, was northbound when the vehicle hit black ice on the bridge, the patrol said. The vehicle crossed the bridge, departed the roadway to the right and rolled one time, coming to rest on a tree.
Her passengers were both ejected about five feet from the vehicle's point of rest, troopers said.
Adams was transported by REACT EMS to SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital Shawnee, where she was treated for arm and leg injuries, and then released.
Passenger Seirra Desiree Hodge, 23, of Shawnee, was transported by REACT to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where she was treated for head and neck injuries and then released.
Another passenger, a 4-year-old from Shawnee whose name was withheld by OHP, went by ambulance to Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City, where the child was listed in critical condition with head, neck and internal injuries.
The OHP listed cause of collision as unsafe speed for ice on the roadway.
Seat belts were not in use by the occupants of the truck, the patrol reported.
The Asher area crash was investigated by Trooper Joe Porter, No. 275 of the Pottawatomie County Detachment of Troop A, and he was assisted by Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office.
With conditions expected to continue overnight and into Friday morning, motorists are advised to be cautious and check road conditions.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation, during snowy and icy conditions, reminds motorists to:
• Stay at least 200 feet behind road clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.
• Allow extra space between vehicles to provide adequate distance for braking.
• Be aware of "black ice," which looks wet on the roadway but is a thin layer of ice.
• Be patient, plan trips ahead and allow extra time in reaching destinations.
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