Trucker’s Leaky Load of Sunflower Oil Blamed for at Least Seven Traffic Accidents
Oklahoma City, OK – A trucker’s leaky load of sunflower oil is being blamed for at least seven accidents along Interstate 40 in Oklahoma over the weekend.
The incident took place on Saturday around 10 a.m. according to Sarah Stewart with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.
Stewart told Transportation Nation Network (TNN) the trucker had just left a truck stop located on Morgan Road and “turned pretty sharp” onto I-40 while headed eastbound.
The sharp turn caused the load of sunflower oil to shift and the lining busted in approximately 4-5 of the containers of oil.
As the trucker continued roughly 20 miles — from MacArthur Blvd. to Post Road — 10,000 gallons of sunflower oil leaked onto I-40.
He was finally stopped by an officer with the Midwest City Police Department, but not before causing a little mayhem due to the slip n’ slide created on the interstate.
Stewart said seven crashes were reported as a result of the leak.
Thankfully, all injuries were minor.
All eastbound lanes of I-40 were closed until approximately 6:45 p.m. so officials could clean up the oil.
The driver was not cited for the spill; however, Stewart told TNN the driver was placed out-of-service for size and weight violations.
Authorities are not releasing the identity of the driver.
The truck is owned by Joliet, IL-based Cadence Premier Logistics, and was en route from Colorado to Memphis, TN at the time of the incident.
Photo courtesy Oklahoma Highway Patrol