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Person dies after container falls off military transport vehicle, crushing pickup

A person was killed Thursday in the Oklahoma City metro area when a shipping container fell from a military transport vehicle onto a pickup passing under a railroad bridge near NE 23 and Sooner Road.
by Jonathan Sutton Modified: July 31, 2014 at 10:03 pm •  Published: July 31, 2014


photo - A person has reportedly been killed inside this pickup after a container fell off the vehicle in the background near NE 23 near Sooner Road at about 2:20 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
A person has reportedly been killed inside this pickup after a container fell off the vehicle in the background near NE 23 near Sooner Road at about 2:20 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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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by Jonathan Sutton
Breaking News Reporter
Jonathan Sutton is a reporter covering breaking news and crime for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. He grew up in Ada and has a degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University. He was the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily O'Collegian, OSU's student...
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