Oklahoma Accidents

Oklahoma wind turbine bent in half, on fire, in wild video

A massive wind turbine at one of the country’s largest wind farms is no more, thanks to the impacts of a strong thunderstorm that moved through central Oklahoma on Tuesday. First responders arrived at the Traverse Wind Energy Center around 4:30 p.m. to find one of the turbines on fire. Video from the scene showed what is believed to be one of the massive GE turbines on the ground with its support structure folded as if it was made of cardboard. A spokesperson for the Public Service Company of Oklahoma said the site has been secured, and there were no injuries. The utility company said the cause of the incident is under investigation, but the scene looked similar to the destruction of a wind turbine in Texas after a direct lightning strike in late July. Doppler radar indicated there was plenty of lightning around the Traverse wind facility before the turbine caught fire, but officials have not confirmed if lightning played a role in the incident. The 356 GE turbine-powered wind farm spans two counties in Oklahoma and is considered to be one of the world’s largest wind farms. The utility company did not report any other damage to the facility from the storms.
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Oklahoma has the 4th highest rate of child drownings in the US

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — According to the insurance site, QuoteWizard, drowning is the leading cause of death for children under the age of five, and Oklahoma has the fourth highest rate of child drownings in the country. Drownings can happen in seconds, and experts say the best way to...
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OHP Sees Increase In Drownings This Year

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) said they have seen an increase in drownings this year. The comments from OHP come after two drownings at Lake Murray in southern Oklahoma and the death of a four-year-old girl who went into the Arkansas River near Tulsa. Nearly 10 kids under the age...

Authorities identify two Texas men killed in southern Oklahoma plane crash

BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. — An investigation is underway after two Texas men died when their plane crashed in southern Oklahoma. Television station KXII reports that the Oklahoma Highway Patrol responded to a call at 3 a.m. Monday about a plane crash in Bryan County. Authorities said the plane crashed in a remote area along the Red River that was only accessible by boat.

Plane crashes in southern Oklahoma

BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. — Authorities are responding to a reported plane crash Monday morning in southern Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said at least two people were on board when the plane crashed in Bryan County. They are working to determine how many people were hurt. This is a...

Oklahoma man dies after crashing ATV into deer, OHP says

CALUMET, Okla. — A man died after an ATV crashed into a deer Tuesday night in Canadian County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says. Around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, a man was driving an ATV east on 192nd Street near Maple Road near Calumet when the vehicle struck a deer and lost control. The ATV rolled over and came to a rest on the passenger side.

Oklahoma man killed in Newton County motorcycle crash

An Oklahoma man was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon in Newton County. Eighty-three-year-old Royce Freeman of Wynnewood was pronounced dead at the scene in Ponca. According to the Arkansas State Police, Freeman was traveling on Arkansas Highway 74 near Steele Creek. He was reportedly attempting to negotiate a...
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Evacuation Order Reduced After Fire at Oklahoma Gas Plant

(Reuters) -Oklahoma authorities on Sunday narrowed the scope of an evacuation order near the ONEOK natural gas plant following a fire on Saturday. The Deer Creek Volunteer Fire Department told people on Saturday to avoid major U.S. Highway 81 in the area "due to a major fire at the ONEOK plant," posting an image of a large plume of dark smoke.