Local & Regional
Mon August 3, 2009
New Information: On Deadly Trunpike Crash
By Associated Press
Tulsa, OK – Report: Driver inattention caused turnpike wreck
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma Highway Patrol report says the inattention of the driver of a tractor-trailer led to a wreck on the Will Rogers Turnpike that killed 10 people.
The OHP issued the 32-page report on Monday, detailing what its investigators determined while looking into the June 26 wreck in far northeastern Oklahoma, about eight miles northeast of Miami in Ottawa County.
The report says troopers spoke with the tractor-trailer's driver, 76-year-old Donald L. Creed of Willard, Mo., at the scene of the accident and that Creed, while still in his vehicle, "asked if he had hit someone."
The investigation also showed no attempt by Creed to brake or take evasive action, no apparent problems with his vehicle's brakes or steering and "strong evidence" the vehicle's cruise control was in use.
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