BLACKWELL — Strong winds during a severe storm lifted a tractor-trailer rig and turned it on its side Tuesday morning on Interstate 35, causing the highway to be closed briefly, Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers said.
Trooper Betsy Randolph said the driver of the tractor-trailer rig was trying to ride out the storm. He was not hurt.
The driver, whose name was not released, told troopers he was trying to take cover about 5 a.m. beneath an underpass at mile marker 219 in Kay County near Blackwell, but there was no room because other motorists had pulled over there. He stopped just north of the underpass when he felt the rig start to shake as the wind picked up.
“The force of the wind just picked him up and slammed him on his side,” Randolph said.
Both northbound lanes of I-35 were closed for about 45 minutes while authorities cleaned up after the storm passed.