Slick roads lead to traffic mishaps across Durant
By Zach Maxwell
One person was injured in a Friday night traffic accident on Armstrong Road north of Durant, according to police radio reports.
Witnesses said the driver of a truck was unconscious after it slid off the icy roadway around 10 p.m. Friday. Durant Fire Department and Bryan County EMS responded to the scene.
The accident was the worst of several traffic snarls as a result of 3-5 inches of sleet falling on Durant and surrounding areas between Thursday and Friday. Ice covered University Boulevard at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, making a literal uphill battle for motorists there.
Low temperatures between 6-16 degrees over the weekend prompted the Durant Medical Reserve Corps to open a warming station at Bryan County Health Department on Chuckwa Street overnight Friday.
At least 300 Southeastern Electric Cooperative customers were without power in the Durant area, but harder-hit Choctaw County to the east had more than 8,000 still without power as of late Friday. This included customers in Boswell.
Temperatures were expected to rebound slightly on Sunday, but overnight lows on Monday and Tuesday were forecast to be between 11-16 degrees. Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management planned to re-evaluate the need for the warming center as the cold snap continues.
Ice still covered the roads on Saturday and there was little traffic that morning.
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