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Truck that crashed on Oklahoma turnpike was not permitted, official says

A tractor-trailer wreck near Luther forced officials to close the eastbound lanes of the Turner Turnpike from Interstate 35 to mile marker 135 Friday afternoon.
BY BRYAN DEAN Modified: November 2, 2012 at 6:19 pm •  Published: November 2, 2012
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— A truck that crashed into a bridge on the Turner Turnpike on Friday afternoon was carrying an oversize load and was not permitted, said Jack Damrill, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority spokesman.

Friday's wreck was the third time an unpermitted tractor-trailer rig with an oversize load has hit the bridge near Luther in the past month. The wreck forced officials to close temporarily the eastbound lanes of the turnpike from Interstate 35 to mile marker 135.

“It's in our capital plan in 2014 to replace it,” Damrill said. “I can't answer whether we are going to move that up or not. If the funds become available, it's something we could look at.”

He said Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers have tried to enforce the permit requirements on the turnpike, but apparently neither the enforcement efforts nor the wrecks have gotten the message across.

“It's like a speeder,” Damrill said. “You catch some, but not everyone. These guys aren't permitted and they keep getting on the turnpike and hitting that bridge.”