At least 1 dead after grass fire leads to large crash on Oklahoma highway

Published: Sep. 27, 2022 at 4:21 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: At least one person died from their injuries in a Tuesday afternoon multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 35, near Tonkawa, in Noble County, Oklahoma. A grass fire is to blame for reduced visibility that led to the crash the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said involved several semis, motor homes and passenger vehicles.

The crash shut down north and southbound lanes of I-35 between mile marker 203 in Noble County and mile marker 211 in Kay County.

Emergency crews are on the scene of a major crash on I-35 in Noble and Kay counties in Oklahoma.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the crash involves several semis, motor homes, and passenger vehicles. I-35 is shut down southbound at mile marker 211 and northbound at mile marker 203.

KWTV in Oklahoma City reports that it appears traffic drove into smoke and couldn’t see, according to OHPDPS. The agency confirms there was a grass fire in the area.

Drivers are asked to avoid the area and locate an alternate route, such as US-77.