Semi Hauling Volatile Explosives Wrecks in Okla.


A wreck involving a tractor-trailer carrying volatile explosives shut down westbound traffic of Interstate 40 on Wednesday morning.

The crash happened on Interstate 40 near Scott Street at about 11:15 a.m.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesperson Chris West said the driver of a Rent-A-Center van swerved into the truck, which caused it to hit the side of the bridge.

The driver of the van was transported from the crash by ambulance. The truck's driver was not hurt.

Oklahoma City Fire Chief Cecil Clay said the truck had a 28,000-pound load of highly volatile explosives from the McAlester Ammunition Plant.

The name on the side of the truck was Chalich Trucking -- an approved Department of Defense trucking carrier.

Clay said air space was restricted, but no evacuations were ordered.

I-40 was closed at the Fort Smith junction to all traffic moving westbound as crews worked the scene.

Highway Patrol officials said that anytime a truck carrying hazardous material is involved in a collision it has to stop and be inspected before going any further.

Traffic was detoured onto northbound I-35 while Army officials inspected the cargo and gave the go-ahead for the truck to leave the scene.

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