A bridge over the Canadian River on state Highway 99/U.S. Highway 377 remains closed as authorities work multiple accidents on both sides of the bridge.
On the southbound side of the bridge, authorities are working to clear the scene of an accident involving an overturned semi-truck. Fire and EMS officials at the scene confirm a victim’s leg was severed in that accident. The victim and severed limb were transported to Mercy Hospital Ada by ambulance.
EMS sources report the victim remains in critical condition, but weather conditions currently prevent the use of helicopters to transfer patients to trauma centers in Oklahoma City.
On the northbound side of the bridge, multiple vehicles have collided, but no serious injuries were reported in those collisions.
Pontotoc County Emergency Management Director Chad Letellier warns drivers that bridges throughout the county are icing over, making travel hazardous for motorists,
“The (surface) roads seem to be fine for now, but the bridges are icing and it’s getting slick,” Letellier said. “Get where you need to be and stay there.”
Earlier Wednesday, authorities in Ada warned residents of deteriorating weather conditions.
“Ada Fire and Police Departments have already responded to a few weather related vehicle and pedestrian accidents. Please remember bridges/overpasses, ramps and steps are the first to become slick and hazardous. Slow down and be weather aware. Thank you and be safe,” city officials said in a social media post.
Countywide, officials continue to strongly discourage travel unless absolutely necessary.