Two well-known Byng residents died Sunday night in a car crash. Rick and Sandy Woodward were reportedly on their way home from a bowling tournament in Tulsa when the car they were driving was involved in a car wreck involving 11 vehicles near Okemah.
According to reports from the Oklahoman, two other people were killed in the Interstate 40 wreck. Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers were attempting to clear off two accidents on I-40 at the North Canadian River bridge west of Okemah. Several more cars lost control on the icy roads and crashed into those vehicles, Captain Chris West told the Oklahoman reporter.
West said a series of accidents on the bridge resulted in a vehicle pileup. A tractor trailer slammed into those vehicles causing an explosion and a large fire.
Several area fire departments responded to the wreck to put out the fire. The westbound traffic was diverted to State Highway 48 at mile marker 217.
Although the Oklahoma Highway Patrol would not release the names of the four people who died in the I-40 crash Sunday evening, friends close to the family confirmed Rick and Sandy Woodward were among the victims.
Rick and Sandy Woodward owned Rick’s Body Shop in Byng. Rick Woodward was reportedly a teacher for numerous years.
Funeral service information was not available by press time.
So far, the first winter storm of the season has claimed seven other lives in accidents related to the storm.
Officials have advised residents across the state to stay home and not travel at all. If residents do have to go somewhere to use extreme caution.