One person died Thursday in an unlikely turn of fate that left a pickup crushed under a shipping container filled with weight-lifting equipment.
About 2:20 p.m., a military transport vehicle carrying a shipping container filled with weight-lifting equipment was heading east on NE 23 when it passed under a railroad bridge between Sooner Road and Air Depot Boulevard. The container hit the bridge, spun 180 degrees and hit the pickup as it passed by driving west, Oklahoma City police reported.
The white pickup sat buckled under the weight of the orange shipping container. Several pieces of weight-lifting equipment were littered across the roadway.
A few hundred feet away, the transport vehicle sat twisted with its frame pointing up in the air — evidence of the force that yanked the container from the trailer.
Police had not been able to identify the deceased driver as of Thursday evening because they had not been able to remove the container from atop the pickup, Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said. The driver of the military transport vehicle was not injured.
Nelson said railroad officials inspected the bridge and determined it is intact.
The center of the bridge marks the dividing line between the city limits of Midwest City and Oklahoma City.
Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said the railroad line belongs to Stillwater Central Railroad. The track over NE 23 is part of a line recently bought by the company from the state as part of a plan to offer passenger service from Midwest City to Sapulpa.
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