Semi trucks collide on I-35, erupts in fire; one killed, two injured
A collision involving two semi-trucks on Interstate 35 on Friday morning has left one person dead and two others injured.
The accident occurred near mile marker 170 (Mulhall Road) just after 10 a.m. The accident had the northbound traffic backed up two miles and was rerouted to the off-ramp. In total, the highway was closed down for just over seven hours.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol continues to investigate the accident
Officials tell Guthrie News Page a grain truck had a mechanical malfunction and was attempting to get off the roadway when a tanker truck hit it from behind.
The tank was empty but there were was just enough fumes from previous cargo that exploded when it was exposed to a spark.
The driver of the tanker, 62-year-old Dwight Handley Jr. of Belle Plaine, KS, was killed at the scene.
The driver of the grain truck, 31-year-old Jesse Brownlee of Wellington, KS, was taken to a Stillwater hospital with minor injuries.
A third person, 44-year-old Jason Newey from Colorado, was injured when he got out of his vehicle to help, but suffered head and leg injuries when the truck exploded and was hit with debris. Newey was airlifted to a Oklahoma City hospital.