Emergency center opened to deal with Okla. storm
Non-injury crashes reported in Bryan County
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Emergency Operations Center has been activated due to a winter storm that has crossed the state and left at least three dozen people injured and another storm that was headed toward Oklahoma.
The Thursday storm prompted Gov. Mary Fallin to declare a state of emergency for all 77 counties.
State Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain says the center includes the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma National Guard, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Salvation Army, American Red Cross and other disaster relief agencies.
The Health Department reports 36 storm-related injuries. The severity of the injuries was not released.
Officials say most roads in the state are considered slick and hazardous.
In Bryan County, there have been multiple crashes many of which were single-vehicle accidents, according to emergency radio traffic. No serious injuries have been reported. There was also a small fire on a piece of machinery at a nursing home in Durant and the fire was quickly contained and extinguished.
- Matt Swearengin of the Durant Daily Democrat contributed to this story
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