VIDEO: Oversized Inferno After Two Big Rigs Collide Along I-44
Tulsa, Oklahoma – Two truckers miraculously walked away with minor injuries from a fireball explosion after two tractor-trailers collided Thursday morning in Tulsa.
A semi traveling on I-44 eastbound at Highway 169 slammed into an oversized load who had hit the overpass around 10:30 a.m. The impact caused a fiery explosion that could be seen for miles.
“A lot of people could see this smoke from around the Tulsa area, as far as Catoosa and Broken Arrow to the East,” FOX23‘s Rick Maranon reported.
Officials said one of the trucks was hauling tires, which is why the flames were so black.
The oversize load’s tractor was marked as Keifer, OK-based Stone Trucking, a heavy-haul, flatbed and oversize carrier just outside of Tulsa. The oversize load’s escort vehicle, a Ford F150, was also involved in the accident.
Amazingly, the drivers of all three vehicles were able to escape with only minor injuries before the fire engulfed the tractor-trailers.
Firefighters battling the blaze switched from water to foam to better contain the massive fire. It was reported to have burned for approximately an hour.
A portion of the oversize load is still wedged under the bridge of the Eastbound lanes on I-44. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) is still evaluating the bridge, but estimates it will be closed for an extended period of time.
The bridge clearance is 15 feet, 8 inches.
Motorists are being encouraged to find alternate routes and avoid the area as clean-up crews remain on the scene.
WATCH more from the fiery scene below.
UPDATE: All lanes of I-44 reopened on Friday, one day after the blaze.