A California truck driver is dead after his tractor-trailer rig rolled and came to rest on its top Thursday morning on the westbound lanes of Interstate 40.
The name of the driver had not been released as of 3 p.m. Thursday by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Interstate 40 at the 303 Mile Marker, at the Dwight Mission Road exit, is still blocked by the semi-tractor-trailer, said Sallisaw Fire Chief Anthony Armstrong. Because the upended tractor-trailer is on its top on the I40 overpass, westbound traffic is being directed onto the Dwight Mission Road off-ramp and back onto the interstate via the Dwight Mission on-ramp, Armstrong said.
Armstrong said the Sallisaw Fire Department rescue truck was dispatched at 11:51 a.m. to the crash to assist McKey Fire Department. Armstrong said the semi-truck apparently hit both guard rails on the overpass before rolling. He said the deceased truck driver was trapped in the upside-down cab for about 45 minutes while firefighters worked to free his body.
The truck was carrying frozen chickens, Armstrong said.
Armstrong said firefighters were on the scene until 1:45 p.m. Thursday and he expected the westbound lanes on I40 to be blocked for some time while the cleanup continued. He said the Oklahoma Department of Transportation was on the scene cleaning up the area, but the semi-truck was still blocking both lanes.